In our walk with God we all experience times of transition. These times can be lonely, confusing, scary and sometimes very emotional. It’s during these times where we have to walk by faith and not by sight. We must hold onto what we know, not what we feel. This is what separates the “men from the boys”.
God designed change to be a slow transition and not an event. (This goes against our nature.) Getting to the next level spiritually does not happen overnight. Throughout this process you will find yourself having to experience things and feelings you have never encountered before. It will require patience, commitment and discipline to stay the course and not turn back. Submission is key. There will be obstacles you encounter that will make you question many things but little by little, God is moving things out of your life to make you into the vessel He has called you to be. The entire transition process is part of a grand plan for your life. One that will bring you great joy and fulfillment as you patiently cooperate with it.
One Scripture that helps me understand God’s approach to change is Deuteronomy 7:22: “The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you” (NIV).
Moses spoke these words to the people of Israel concerning their journey into the Promised Land. When the people looked around, they could easily see that in order to get to the place God promised, they needed to subdue nations. Nations that were larger and stronger than they were. It seemed IMPOSSIBLE and this caused them to be very nervous and afraid.
I am sure they questioned God’s plan like many of us but God knew what He was doing. He said, one step at a time, “little by little.” We must have TOTAL TRUST in the Word of God.
If you find yourself in a place where things are moving from you, know that sometimes God has to remove some things from you so there’s room to replace it with something greater.
Such significant changes in your life will require time and patience; so don’t get frustrated in the process. This is a lot easier said than done. You really have to be intentional to keep your mindset strong and your faith high. Having a grateful heart is key during this time of preparation. Even when you can’t see what God is doing and all you have is the promise God gave you, hold on to it and allow nothing or no one to make you question it. Remain positive. As He removes the things that would hinder you and replaces them with things that will help you, He is developing you into a strong, wise, well-equipped warrior who is able to emerge from every battle victoriously.
Not one minute of your seemingly prolonged journey is a waste of time. See it instead as a priceless opportunity for learning and growth.
Transition is tough no matter who you are. I want to encourage someone today to hold on. You are almost there.