We are all in transition. But the transitions that mark our destiny and create our story are the ones that are thrust upon us by the Creator of a greater narrative we call redemption. These transitions whisper to us when we feel the malaise of discontent and stagnation. They seek us out in the wilderness and transcend us into a different level of purpose. We see this early on in the story of Moses. Here are five traits we discover on the road to transformation and destiny.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Exodus 3:1
Success doesn’t happen overnight. Most of the overnight successes include 10-year-long nights. Moses’ night lasted 40 years in the dumpy fixer-upper known as the backside of the desert. I’ve been in these well-worn dogleg paths of the human experience but never for forty years. Patience will ultimately sustain you during transitions. We see Moses and his subordinates (dust-beat, bleating monotones called sheep.) There’s nothing like working for your father in law to level out any narcism loitering in the corridors of your soul. Ask Moses when you see him. Patience will win out if you give it time., And patience always requires time.
2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:2
It’s interesting to note that Moses got a call from the Lord because he was curious enough to check out was going on around him. God looks for those who are curious. He wants investigators who are willing to forget their sheep and focus in on the anomalies they encounter.
10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10
Every leader has a Pharaoh in their future. We all have obstacles and ogres that God wants us to conquer. It’s your purpose and when you are called to fight, you’d better grab your moment, because it’s why you were created.
And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:17
Every transition has a purpose and every purpose has a prize. Also note that the prize includes a handful of enemies to overcome. I don’t know. Your Hittites may be an emotional disorder. Your Perizzites may be your chronic illness. Your Amorites might be your addictions. You have been created to overcome those squatters living in the land of your future victories. Just trust that the Milk and Honey of the Kingdom will be worth the fight. Take the fight to the enemy. In the end, you are destined to overcome.
Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
God takes the things you have and makes them holy and powerful. Trust whatever is in your hand. A pen, a hammer, a stethoscope, a paint brush… They are tools that can transcend into the implements of the Divine.
So now… It’s a long journey. Get some rest. Take your vitamins and when the sun rises, get after it. It’ll be well worth the trouble.
10 thoughts on “The Dynamics of Transition”
I must love and desire my Father more than I miss my loss! Please pray for me!
Praying for you as I bless my evening meal.
Thank you Matt.
My husband passed away suddenly on March 28 (6 weeks ago). I’ve known him since I was 15 years old and married 49 years. I’ve not been angry with God nor have I questioned Him by asking “Why?”
I know Who my husband is with now. I guess I’m just being selfish wanting him back. The first 3-4 weeks were a blur for me, but I think I’m slowly beginning to function again. I have support from Christian friends and our 3 adult sons as well as several grandchildren. But no one will ever be him!
Thank you again for your sincere, genuine heart for our Father❣️
We know where he is but it has to be hard… not selfish— just human made in the image of One who also wept at funerals and goodbyes.
What you have to say in this piece on Transition was an answer to prayer for me. God spoke to me through you. Ronnie and I are going through a transition. Mostly me, so many things in my prayers for so long were answered. Thank you for sharing God’s word in so many ways.
Amen Pattie! Thanks so much. You made my day!
I enjoyed reading this and want to ponder on it for the rest of this evening. I wish the four of us could sit down for a long evening and good food to swap notes with so many years of ministry behind us. I love Darlene and both of your transparency. Thx for writing.
Thanks Gayla. That would awesome! Hope our paths cross so we can do that. if you two are ever near Nashville let us know and let’s make it happen😀
It’s interesting that the four “P’s” you refer to are the same four of ever part of our journey ; young or old these are required to navigate through the transitions of life. Thank you for sharing. We all need these reminders now and again to remember to be patient, don’t worry about others perception of us, move with purpose and ultimately receive the promise!
Right on brother!💯