We often think of TRANSITIONS as moving from one place to another: transitioning from one school to another, one workplace to another, one life stage to another. Often, this entails leaving a place of comfort, certainty, familiarity and security, and transitioning to a new environment or path that is relatively unknown, uncomfortable, uncertain and unpredictable. Consequently, this throws up fears and questions about whether I’m making a right decision, whether I will survive in the new environment, should I give up and return to the old.
The above has been my experience in this last year as I find myself in a place of TRANSITION. Yet a friend offered a new perspective of TRANSITIONS. Instead of looking at it as a movement from one place to another, what if we saw it as a transformation of our very selves?
Taking this concept further, I realize that as I see myself like a tiny seed placed into a deep dark hole that is unfamiliar, uncertain and unnerving, the ‘transition’ of moving me out of the ground to another patch of soil would not be very helpful. Instead, giving myself the space and time to eventually grow and flourish as a plant would indeed be a much more worthwhile TRANSITION. Yet this process requires me to BE STILL in order for God to do in me what I can’t do for myself.
Recently, I came to identify myself very much with Captain America, one who would stand up for justice, and courageously give up his life for others. Yet in his origin story, he too needed to go through a TRANSITION: from being physically weak and frail to becoming physically stronger and taller. No doubt the process was painful, but by being still and trusting the process, incidentally known as Project Rebirth, his strengths were further enhanced without changing his identity and heart for others.
I now see my own TRANSITION not as figuring out what my new path is. Rather, I am in the midst of transformation, to be a better version of myself. What that requires is not for me to worry about where I’m meant to go, but to BE STILL and let God transform me in the way that only He can and only He knows best.
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