Paths Opened

Transitions, #2

tran·​si·​tion | noun | a passage, movement, or development from one state, place, or style to another

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Last week, at the end of Patterns Changed, I wrote that God has wonderful, trustworthy plans for us to discover. A change in patterns open paths that we may have never considered.

The grief that follows the loss of a familiar pattern, is valid and necessary. A mourning period is natural, cathartic, healthy. But it is a period—a cycle with an end. Often it’s hard to imagine what fresh thing can fill the new void in our heart, our mind, our days. And if we are able to peek down the road, we may feel intimidated. The unknown is not frightening when we know we don’t face it alone.

Ephesians 2:10 assures us God has prepared works for us to do before we even show up. And if He prepared them, He’s there to walk through them with us. Broken patterns present us with open paths.

New beginnings, ventures, discoveries, relationships, challenges—opportunities for us to stretch and grow, expand our horizons, flex new muscles, test unused gifts.

Has a door closed, a detour popped up, a change been imposed? Walk down a new path with the One who’s already prepared the way.

  • So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 41:10
  • It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. 31:8
  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph. 2:10

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Patterns Broken

Transitions, #1

tran·​si·​tion | noun a passage, movement, or development from one state, place, or style to another

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Transition means things are no longer the same. A pattern is broken; habits have changed; our routine is disoriented. New has replaced old and the unfamiliar supersedes the comfortable. Confidence wobbles and life becomes a little scary.

Some transitions are easy—like going from third grade to fourth grade, or moving to a bigger and better home, or being promoted in the same company. Other transitions are challenging—like going from high school to college (for the parent as well as the student), or downsizing, or embarking on a new career.

Every beginning comes on the heels of an ending. Patterns broken by choice are easier to accept than those forced on us but, either way, life is difficult if we bemoan what once was. Only by releasing the past will we be able to embrace a new venture.

Transition means patterns are broken, but also that discoveries await. Be an adventurer and accept change as a chance to experience new vistas with God. He has opportunities for you that will fulfill wonderful, trustworthy plans for your life.

  • “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isa. 48:17
  • “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Ps. 32:8
  • Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Gal. 5:25 (NLT)
  • I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Ps. 16:7-8
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