Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
Lessons on the road of Transition…
In her blog for 10.20.2016 https://transcendingdarkness.wordpress.com/ vann54 writes about Transitions in her opening paragraph she writes. “Just as with the change of seasons, there are transitions in household routines, some good, some different, some temporary. This week we have had transitions. The second daughter came home from her two year missionary trip in Africa, and while it is a transition for her it also affects us, the trio in permanent residence. And on top of this I am flying to NYC to help the eldest with the grandson when the son-in-law is in Nepal on a mission trek. So yes the transitions adorned this week.” (Please click on the link above and read the rest of her blog you will be inspired and blessed.)
A quick search for the word transition resulted in “0” verses but I did find this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV). Which speaks powerfully to the “inner works and end result” of transition as does, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19, ESV)
Vann54 ends Transitions this way, “Yes there’s a lot of transitions here and I pray for the wisdom to see them in the light of good things to come. AMEN.” I believe she sees transitions as they are meant to be, opportunities to allow God to take Leadership of our lives and place us back on His path. One of the things that impresses me and is a “take away lesson” for me is her lack of placing blame. I believe trying to affix blame for the difficult (transition) times is like a car spinning its wheels on a “sheet of ice” but going nowhere.
In her latest comment to this blog she puts the temptation to affix blame and throws sand under the spinning wheels and gets moving allowing God to lead her in His direction. “I was nerdy busy doing but when my son’s schizophrenia got stuck I had to quit doing and just abide, read and pray which while I did not appreciate my son’s difficulty, it did bring me into a place of abiding where no I can retreat to more easily and quicker than before and instead of “doing”.” While we may not have a member of our family with schizophrenia we are all at some level of transition, and therein is the lesson for all of us especially me.
Vann54 my friend, thank you for your wisdom and inspiration you are a true blessing in my life. Isn’t it not only amazing but miraculous how the Holy Spirit “arranges for strangers” to meet on God’s chosen path for each of them! Blessing my friend!
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us…”
GRACE and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, ESV