See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
When I was growing up, my family vacationed in the Great Smokey Mountains. Near our vacation spot was a swinging bridge–just wide enough to walk across.
That bridge terrified me!
My heart is beating fast as I remember the experience. Not only do I not like a bridge moving beneath my feet, I also don’t like heights.
In case you’re not familiar with swinging bridges, check this out. But trust me, this bridge is a modern feat of engineering, unlike that rickety thing I remember. (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/mile-high-swinging-bridge-nc/).
It occurred to me much later, how a season of transition is a lot like a swinging bridge.
Maybe you can relate.
You’re comfortable in your current place, but you sense God urging you to greater depths in Him, more profound usefulness, and enlarged anointing.
Between you and God’s plan is a bridge of transition shifting beneath your feet.
Yet, seasons of transition are necessary.
So how do you get across the swinging bridge of transition? Here are a few suggestions.
Live life inside out
God works from the inside out, and we live from the inside out when we allow Him to shape our inner person, no matter how uncomfortable His methods.
Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst. The wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:17
The person we are today can’t hold the increase God plans for us. Increase requires a new container—flexible, changeable. Jesus is the change agent. He does the work of spiritual transformation, but the catalyst is our cooperation.
Continue in Bible study and prayer
You might need to increase your time in Bible study and prayer. Although God’s methods of speaking to you are limitless, He speaks most often through prayer and His Word. Don’t just read the Bible. Allow the Bible to read you. God is Truth and our contact with Truth changes us, and readies us for a new season. Let down your guard before Him and allow Him to prepare you for your next place.
Move into unchartered territory
You need a compass, not a map. God wants to move in your life in a new way. His methods might not resemble His work in others, so put aside fear keeping you from charting new spiritual territory. Ask God for a greater measure of His love for you and your love for Him. Remember, God’s love drives out fear (1 John 4:18).
Silence negative thoughts
Use your authority in Christ to silence the voice telling you God can’t use you. The enemy uses our first person voice to discourage us:
- I’ve made too many mistakes.
- I’m too timid. I’m not smart enough.
- I’m too busy.
Heed only the voice of the Holy Spirit. His voice always brings hope, and never condemnation. You are the vessel He has chosen for a place only you can fill. God’s purpose for your life transcends any failures, and exceeds any deficiencies. Put your confidence in God, and not in yourself.
Commit to finishing
Endurance is the mark of the faithful. It takes us longer to change than we think. Take comfort in these words: He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
Focus on Jesus
Have courage, and remember, God has prepared your future. Although the bridge of transition seems unstable, God never leads you where he has not gone before. Don’t trust your eyes, but trust Him instead. He transforms a swinging bridge into solid ground.
How do you handle times of transition? I’d love to hear from you.