I find myself caught in the transition but I have learned that it is a skill that I must exercise to have a better discernment of my circumstances.
I heard this week’s sermon by Steven Furtick and it has been shocking. It has been like taking another step in my life which helps me understand what I should do and what is the purpose of what I am going through.
I will not deny that my mind is full of thoughts of all kinds and that this is even reflected in my health. I continue to inspire myself every day to continue working, to continue enjoying life and to continue being grateful which has been quite easy thanks to my circumstances such as the comfort of enjoying what I cook and sleeping peacefully in my bed.
There were times when I had nowhere to sleep and also times where I could only drink water. So that’s why it’s easy for me to be grateful for things as basic as those.
However, I had never had to go through a moment of transition as hard as now and that is an issue that I would like to share with you using Steven Furtick’s message as a basis.
Certainly, we will live much more effectively if we can pay attention to these moments of transition.
Standing still in the transition
There is a moment in the book of Acts where Jesus tells his disciples that they must remain still in Jerusalem while they wait for the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t seem to be a big deal but in reality, the message is very deep.
In that historical context, Jerusalem was a very problematic city with great opposition against the followers of Jesus and the followers of Jesus were going through a transition because Jesus would no longer be with them physically so they would not have him as before. All their relationships with Jesus would change.
It is very hard to remain still in the transition when you are threatened by the opposition or when you are feeling a lot of pain. So what Jesus asked was something very difficult to do. Perhaps one of the most difficult things we will be confronted with.
I keep reading Paul’s description again and again where he says that love is patient and love is suffered. That is my painful version of staying still (patient) in the middle of the transition.
A security guard explained that the moments where they should pay more attention are in the moments of transition. For example, in an event, this moment of transition is when people arrive or when people leave. The reason for this is that during the transition there are usually many distractions and distractions are an opportunity for someone who intends to harm.
It happens similarly in our lives. In this moment of transition, I was filled with many desires to let myself be consumed by depression and all its consequences, but with the little strength I had, I decided to do the opposite which is to become better. Strive to strengthen my good habits and even try to acquire others. We must be very alert not to decay.
Indeed, it’s not good to be alone but if there’s no other option then you need to duplicate the caution, cling more to God as never before and let his word flow through you into others because that gives life to our lives. That’s exactly what I do through this article and the dozens of posts, I do through Instagram (@lenusme).
Therefore, these moments of transition may be the moments of greatest vulnerability and insecurity, but at the same time they may be the moments with the greatest opportunity of our lives.
A moment full of transitions
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.Acts 3.1-2 NIV
Peter and John were in a moment of transition not only because they were heading towards a place but for the first time they were going to cause a miracle without the supervision of Jesus. They were learning to put into practice what they learned from the teacher without having the teacher to correct them.
As you can notice, the man who was lame from birth was not yet at the gate where he always used to be. He was being carried, therefore, the miracle happened before he could even get into his goal. In other words, it was a miracle in the transition.
It is a beautiful message because it means that God will bless you even in the middle of the process. In the middle of the transition. For some people that is enough but in my case, the beautiful words and the promises are not enough nor have a practical impact on my life.
What does have a practical impact is a revelation that God is more active in those moments that I perceive as unstable and transitional. It is something that I could verify since otherwise, I would not even be writing this. The level of prayer that I had lately is almost higher than all the previous years combined and I have felt his company after every tear.
Certainly, all this sounds nice but it doesn’t feel good in reality. Uncertainty, anxiety, worry, and pain. None of that is pleasant and I am sorry to say it, but it is something we should all go through. I still don’t understand how or why it happened to me. One day someone moved the floor and fell on my nose. As much as I think about it, I don’t understand it and it is increasingly confusing in my mind. That’s why more than ever I need to hold on to God because my vision has been clouded.
These processes come into our lives to change it and destabilize everything we depended on. That which we considered our strength and motivation will vanish. We are alone facing God. No more noise, no more distraction, no more excuses.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.Acts 3.3-5 NIV
That man had expectations about what he was going to receive but they were the wrong expectations and God is not interested in his expectations because He wants to exceed them. The man who was lame was going to receive something he probably didn’t have the faith to ask for.
The number of thoughts that go through my head fills me with many expectations. I keep looking out the window waiting for a miracle to happen but it just doesn’t happen. What I expect doesn’t happen. But I have the experience of having gone through similar things wherein the end God always surprises me and things go much better than I expected so I cling to those experiences to know that no matter what happens it will be better than I expected.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.Act 3.6-7 NIV
There is a big difference between changing and going through a transition. It is something we can see in the life of this man who has been healed. His health changed but his mentality regarding the disease may remain the same. Now he can walk but the question is where he will go now?
All these changes are traumatic even if they are something positive for ourselves. I’m afraid that emotional wounds are formed, we are confronted with a reality that we don’t like and we become aware of our limits.
Until then that man had a routine where he was always taken to the gate but now that he can walk he has to adapt his plans, dreams, habits, and direction.
Therefore, the difference is that the changes are somewhat external but the transition is the internal process which takes time. That same time that is costing me so much and although it sounds funny the truth is that I have no other choice. Whether I like it or not, time will continue to pass and I am forced to be patient.
Many of us get frustrated because we don’t want to endure the transition process. I wish I could overcome all this quickly but I can’t because it is no longer something external but something internal that I must process.
It is in this transition process that the transformation occurs. A transformation from within. The type of transformation that makes us stronger and often unrecognizable to others.
Trapped in the middle of the transition
It is normal to feel trapped because it’s no longer where you started but you haven’t yet reached where you want to be. You are between the sword and the wall with nothing else to do. You are a prisoner of a process that cannot be avoided.
Of course, this is frustrating. I know that you have something to give but nobody who receives it. Much unconditional love with no one to enjoy it. A message to share without anyone willing to listen.
This happened to the author of Hebrews so it is something that has happened for centuries and will continue to happen to many people. He wrote the following:
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.Hebrews 5.11-14 NIV
There is something very important that we can learn from this author. He is telling us that change is a gift but transition is a skill. This is what he meant when he talked about the transition between being a child and being an adult. We become able to distinguish and discern because we practiced the skill of transition.
The only way to differentiate the will of God from our own will is through Gethsemane where Jesus prayed asking God not to do his own will but that to do the will of God. Even Jesus asked him “Is there no other way?”. I fear that the answer for us is the same and it is no.
The greatest tests in our life will be in the middle of the transition so if you are going through tests it means that you are in a transition process. God is helping you to mature. He is teaching you to endure uncertainty. He is teaching you to endure the pain. He is teaching you to endure the controversial. He is teaching you to endure the process when nothing seems to be happening.
You are in a transition process and the transition takes time.
Now you must decide between clinging to the old or lean into the new.
While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade.Acts 3.11 NIV
It is better to lean into the new even if it is uncomfortable. You should do it to move forward in this period of transition in your life.
Let go of what paralyzes you. Let go of what scares you. Let go of what keeps you stuck in the same stage of your Spiritual Growth.
This was a complicated message to write because of its relevance in my current life but I needed to do so and I hope it will also be useful for you. In my case, this doesn’t end here but every day I must remember and repeat to myself that this is just a moment in my life that will produce many fruits in the future. I need to remain brave and strong.
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That’s all for now but don’t forget to stay healthy and keep learning. See you in the next post. Tschüss!