Christine Duncan

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Transitions: When He Shapes, Molds, and Orchestrates In the Middle of the Unknown

What We Can Do In Our Seasons of Transition

I’ve been out in the middle of the unknown for the last little while.

A season of change happening right underfoot, so it seems.

I have a feeling I’m not the only one.

There are these, um, transitions, happening whether I approve of them or not, whether I think I’m ready for them or not, whether I asked for them or not.

Big and small, I don’t know if they take my breath away because they caught me off-guard, or if they are just things that God has always been orchestrating and I’ve just been out in left-field, in my own little world, and just now making sense of the signs that have been pointing this way, go here, do this, trust now.

Life’s transitions carry both excitement and adventure while also carrying doubts and fears.

Sometimes it’s like being blindfolded and you simply take steps of faith towards something He has waiting… unseen but definitely with a purpose. And the more we trust, the more He reveals bit by bit, step by step, until the ‘ta da!’

Sometimes it’s the convicting new dream or plan you can’t shake but only He decides when the doors open, where they take you, and why.

Yeah.

Transitions are these marvelous and mysterious, knee-quaking, faith-testing things.

Apparently He has seen fit to throw a few my way, almost all at the same time. And it could overwhelm, shake me up, and send me spiraling.

Or I can know that because I serve a good and faithful God, who desires the absolute best for His kids, that these transitions are His way of revealing even more of Himself, even more of His glory, even more of His redemption plan.

The breaking down of what used to be in order to cast a new purpose.

The Potter presses and pulls and forms and reinforces, the vessel being shaped for new use, sometimes to receive more, often to pour out better than ever before.

Sometimes it’s the resetting of what was broken. The Good Doctor, the Great Physician knows sometimes before something can heal and work at capacity, it might have to be reset. Which requires a breaking apart and a new mending. But under His watchful and healing hand, we become His workmanship like never before.

I look at some choices ahead. I look at the way things are shaping up. I peer into the distance, whispering, “God? Is that You in the middle of these things bearing down, closer and closer?”

It’s funny. We want to know it all now, but sometimes if we knew what He was up to right away and the how of it, we’d probably hightail it outta there.

Hence His holy transitions.

Exactly why in the middle of it all He shapes, and molds, and defines bit by bit.

So, what do we do with these transitions, these things He is orchestrating, with the waiting for the big reveal, for the choices set before us?

We Allow Him To Lead Us To New Territory

The latin origin of the word “transition” means to “go across”. ย I know it feels like you’re in the middle of all the unknown things, but here is our chance to take His hand, to let Him lead, to allow Him to bridge a way to this new thing waiting. Take the next step and trust He will show you where to step next after that.

Yield your life over to the One who knows the way.

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, โ€œThis is the way, walk in it,โ€ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21

This verse comes at a time when God was offering peace and protection to Israel. Promises that would bring blessing if they would just stop acting as if they knew better than Him.

It’s funny, but I’m at my most exhausted and unusable trying to guess what’s coming next, or why. Or relying on others instead of Him, much like Israel at that time in history. But if I relinquish the right to need to know it all, surrender to His complete expertise, and abide in His shadow, I come out the other side refreshed and ready for what lies ahead.

It’s a little thing called surrender. Something He’s teaching me about as I decide what to let go of, what to give over, and where I wait for His guidance next. In my job. In my family. In my community.

Yep. It’s hard to stay in a holding pattern. To feel like all the unknown is closing in. But there’s a holy work in the waiting. For it’s there that if we let Him, he will mold and shape and unveil His good plans, tailored to each heart hungry for more of Him.

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Hang in there, friend. The period of waiting is Him creating the very way to follow Him into new territory. A transition only for a time. The unknown about to be a new journey.

Maybe you’ll join me in saying, “Let’s do this transitioning in spite of the unknown, Lord! ‘Cause I can’t wait to see what’s waiting on the other side!”

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14 Comments

  1. Amen Christine. Beautifully stated truths here. Transition or change can be difficult at times. The good thing about the seasons of uncertainty is that is forces us to trust God. Not just a little but completely. Surrender…like you said. The benefit of this is that God wants what is best for us. He can see the big picture of our lives. He will show us great and mighty things if we trust Him. Thank you for sharing what God has put on your heart. Inspiring to read this today. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend and blessings to you and yours.

    • Christine Duncan

      November 22, 2016 at 12:09 PM

      Horace, I like that wording you used, “great and mighty things”… we never have to fear what He ordains next for us, do we? Trust is absolutely the key that paves the way for access to the plans He weaves together on our behalf! I have a feeling you’ve had experience with this! Thankful for your kind words, today, friend! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  2. Christine, I’m so glad you’re posting again. This: “The breaking down of what used to be in order to cast a new purpose.” And really the whole post, which I almost copy and pasted all of here, too. I can’t tell how precious the timing of your words are. I’m there too. And I’m waiting in joyful anticipation too. God’s surprises are the best. Thank you for the right-to-the-heart truth and encouragement!

    • Christine Duncan

      November 22, 2016 at 12:14 PM

      I’m glad to be posting again, too, girl! It’s nice to be missed, lol.
      But seriously, His timing, right? I prayed today as I hit publish that His presence would go out to all who needed encouraging on this topic. And because it has, I can’t wait to see where it takes us! I’ll be adding you to my prayers, Bethany, and thanking Him that you’ve been such an encouragement to me this week already!
      Happy Thanksgiving my lovely friend!

  3. So glad I read your post today! I’m in that place of waiting and uncertainty too and it’s not easy. It is important to keep our eyes on God and to remember that he has a good plan for us and that he will lead us one step at a time. And my word for the year is surrender so this is something God has been teaching me too!

    • Christine Duncan

      November 22, 2016 at 7:12 PM

      That’s so cool that your word for the year is surrender, Lesley. Mine is expect… so I guess I had fair warning that a season of change was coming, LOL.
      Eyes on Him seems to be my motto lately. Placing all my cares at His feet and trusting exclusively in Him! So grateful you visited today, Happy Thanksgiving blessings this week!

  4. Hi Christine, I’m your neighbor over at #TellHisStory, and I’m glad I stopped by today. I’ve been in transition mode for a while now, and your words are an encouragement to me. I really like that you included “the latin origin of the word ‘transition’ means to ‘go across’. ” That helps to keep the focus on the point ahead that God has planned, and to know that in the transition we are not stuck, but still moving forward with Him! –Blessings to you!

    • Christine Duncan

      November 23, 2016 at 11:57 AM

      Bettie! So glad to hear from you. It would seem there’s quite a few of us being encouraged to keep eyes on our Lord and what He’s weaving together around the next bend! Gosh the waiting is hard, but I keep reminding myself that the One who knows the future is the One who holds my hand ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving, and many blessings today!

  5. Christine, I am so glad to finally get over to your corner of the world! ๐Ÿ™‚ Transitions are tricky. They’re uncomfortable while simultaneously being exciting. Yielding is key! I love how God moves through the details! I’m praying for you, friend!

  6. Christine, this is really good. Transition is not easy even taking small steps from one season into another. I really enjoyed reading this piece!

  7. I have been wanting to swing over here for a while and so glad I did. This is super timely for the quiet whispers he has been saying to my heart. I wrote down a few quotes from here. I will be referring back to it eventually! God bless you sweet, friend. Praying for you and excited for what God has for you and each of us as we surrender daily, no matter what it looks like.

    xoxo Meg

  8. “The breaking down of what used to be in order to cast a new purpose.” I’ve experienced this, Christine. I might even be experiencing it (or at least observing it) right now. I don’t like it–not one bit. But then there’s this, which maybe I’ve also experienced: “Under His watchful and healing hand, we become His workmanship like never before.” That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? And you can’t have the healing without the breaking down. I love your words here, and I’m so glad I waited until this morning to soak them all in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You are so right – there is holy work in the waiting! I don’t like change or transitions but I am learning to live the graceful expectation of it – and that the awkward way I move through it (imagine a first aerobics class where you don’t know the cues and moves) with hope and understanding that God doesn’t expect me to know all the moves of change and transitions. This was refreshing. I needed your reminder today!

  10. What a great post Christine! I linked her from a post on Bethany McIllrath’s site linking to yours. These are my favorite lines:
    ” We want to know it all now, but sometimes if we knew what He was up to right away and the how of it, weโ€™d probably hightail it outta there. Hence His holy transitions.”

    In the moment I think I want to know, but I’m glad God knows what and WHEN is best. His holy transitions help us ease into the new. Love your perspective.
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

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