Navigating Seasons of Change

Cheri Strange

Ready or not, my daughter marries her high school sweetheart this weekend. That’s right. The long awaited event is upon us. In the tapestry of life, each thread is woven with moments of joy, sorrow, and transition. The air is thick with anticipation. At this point, my head is spinning with all the brain power for minutia riding on the mother of the bride. Six daughters deep into the intricacies of motherhood, this is the inaugural walk down the aisle, a moment both cherished and poignant. Seasons of change, those pivotal junctures that propel us from familiar shores to uncharted waters, are moments laden with significance, and opportunities for trusting God to propel us forward while filling the emptiness transition of all kinds creates.

Like a complex symphony, life often orchestrates diverse transitions – the cadence of job changes, the dynamic movements of relocations, and the intricate notes of shifts in relationships. Trusting God during these orchestrated movements becomes the sheet music that guides our steps through the melody of transition. It is in these seasons of change that our faith is tested and refined, as we learn to navigate the ebb and flow of life’s rhythm.

What does it look like to trust God in seasons of transition?

Trusting He is Sovereign in the Change

As life unfolds its multifaceted scenes, anchoring our trust in the sovereignty of God becomes paramount. This is not a passive surrender but an active acknowledgment that His wisdom far surpasses our short-sighted vision. It’s an active work of the mind to remember what He has done before today that makes Him trustworthy. Often, it requires me to review and rehearse truths found in the Bible, like Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

In embracing this truth, we find solace in knowing that He really is big enough to know what it best. Every twist and turn in the tapestry of change is orchestrated by the hands of a loving Creator.

Looking to Him to Heal the Emptiness Created During Seasons of Transition

When my daughter moved from our home to her apartment last fall, all she left was her childhood bouncy ball collection. I cried over those silly balls, the emptiness of her drawers and the vacancy of her closet. Even if it was just the presence of her belongings, I mourned the loss of her presence.

Undoubtedly, you have felt my pain in one way or another. There are moments when life’s movements leave an echoing void. It is in these spaces of emptiness that we cry our tears, yes. But we also find solace in turning our streaked faces to God for comfort and healing. In moments of brokenness, God assuredly draws near Psalm 34:18 whispers,

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

In the embrace of His nearness, you and I can discover a balm for our wounded hearts and a salve for the ache of transition, as only He can provide.

Entrusting Ourselves to God to Lead us Victoriously Through Seasons of Change

The journey through change, with its uncertainties and fears, calls us to entrust ourselves to the God who leads His own triumphantly. The imagery of handing over the reins to the Creator of the universe brings forth a sense of assurance. Isaiah 41:10 resonates with a promise that transcends the turbulence within me:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

In the hands of the Almighty, we find not only strength but a divine hand-holder that promises to navigate us through the complexities of all that comes our way.

Believe God is for Our Good in Seasons of Change

The time to trust God to be true to His unchanging character is when everything is going well, so that when everything is not, our faith in what we know remains. He, indeed, is a good Father. Amidst the upheaval of transition, this anchor of knowing who God is holds firm in the understanding that He is for us. And even when all evidence is to the contrary, our Father orchestrates all of our lives for our ultimate good, and His glory. Romans 8:28 echoes with assurance,

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Knowing This Truth Fosters Faith

Knowing this truth before the closet is empty or the moving truck shows up, or the papers are signed is essential. This knowing encourages our hearts believe it when our faith is tried. Believing by experience that which we know to be true about God in our heads and hearts is where we discover a profound sense of peace and hope. Every twist in the narrative of change is intricately woven into a grander design, unfolding for our ultimate good.

God’s word assures you and me that even in the midst of change—change that is oh, so good and hope-filled, even—He can fill the emptiness left behind. Our loving Father bring us forth believing He is working for our good so that we can live accordingly.

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