This week my family is in the process of moving! We are transitioning from Florida to Virginia where I will be serving as pastor of Reedy Spring Baptist Church in Spout Spring, VA. During these next couple weeks I will not be posting as regularly until we get settled in. I have a few posts planned, and I look forward to getting back to regular posting in the New Year!! Speaking of New Year, now is the time to be thinking about your resolutions, goals, plans, whatever you call them! I'll have a post or two on them towards the end of the month.
The dictionary defines "transition" as "the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another." This is a word that could be used describe my current season of life. For that past 6.5 years I have served as the Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Hastings, FL. Through circumstances, much prayer and having sought godly counsel my wife and I have sensed the Lord leading us on to a new place of ministry. We don't yet know where that place is, but we are confident of God's leading and His plan for our lives. So, we are are in a season of transition. Transitions can be exciting, and they can be scary! They move us from what is familiar to what is unknown and the unknown can be intimidating!
Transitions are a part of all of our lives! New jobs, the birth of a child, moving, the death of a loved one, an illness, the list is endless. The critical question is how do we navigate the transitions safely? While I am certainly no expert, just a fellow traveler, let me share a key to navigating through transitions that God has taught me. Our eyes need be locked onto Jesus - not our circumstances! When Peter jumped out of a boat on the Sea of Galilee and walked on the water he was able to do the impossible - he walked on water! (Remember this was at Jesus' invitation, do not try at a lake near you!) As long as his eyes were on Jesus he navigated just fine, but when he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at his circumstances - he was overwhelmed, scared and he began to sink. I can identify! When we walk through transitions our circumstances can be intimidating. Just like the wind and waves overwhelmed Peter! It is easy to look around at our life's circumstances and think - I'm going down!
When Peter started going down (literally) he cried out "Lord, save me" and Jesus reached out His hand a lifted Peter back up. Similarly, when we feel like we are going down - we need to do the same! We need to cry out to Jesus, He is there and He will help! With our eyes on Jesus we can safely and successfully navigate the transitions of life!
A key verse that the Lord has used in my life during this season of transition is Psalm 138:8. The first line says "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me." What an incredible promise to claim! God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives and even when it feels like we are on a detour, or sailing on stormy and unknown seas - God has a plan and purpose. He can be trusted! He is good! How do we safely and successfully navigate the "transitions" of life? It is quite simple - keep your eyes on Jesus! Should you take your eyes off of Him and once again feel like you are sinking, just remember Peter's prayer - "Lord, save me!"