Summer is gone. Now, we are making the transition to the next season. It’s time to surrender those warm, endless, sunny days for falling leaves, colder temperatures and longer nights. Transitions are not easy. When you make a transition, it requires you to give up one thing in order to move on to what’s next. If you’ve recently graduated from college, you’re probably transitioning into a career. Parents watch as their children transition from one grade to the next, one school to the next, one stage to the next. Have you decided to leave your job and chase your dream? Then you’re making the transition from employee to entrepreneur. If you’ve lost your marriage, or your spouse, then you’re transitioning from “we” to “me”. Transitions are not always easy.
Categories Transitions come in two categories, they are the ones you see coming and the ones you don’t. The transitions you see coming, give you time to make the mental shift needed for the other components of life to follow. They tend to be accompanied by less stress & uncertainty, while the other ones can send you into a tailspin. Those are the transitions that happen to you. You just look up and you’re in it. You’re widowed or divorced. You’re betrayed by a confidant. You’re fired or fighting an illness. If you’re in a season of transition, take heart. Here’s a reminder that will help you get through it.
Setting Sail In the Book of Luke, the 8th chapter, there’s a scene where Jesus tells His disciples, ”Let us go over to the other side of the lake” (Luke 8:23). They were already in the boat, so this was no big deal. Most of these guys had been fishermen by profession and they knew their way around the sea. It should have been a smooth, uneventful transition. They knew the plan and were ready for it. So, after Jesus gave the instructions, He went to sleep. But then, it happened. A storm came. That’s the thing about transitions: sometimes, they come with storms.
So they all are in the boat and Jesus is asleep. When the storm hits, chaos follows. Winds, waves, thunder, lightening…the boat takes in water. The disciples panic, “Hey Jesus!! Wake up! We are about to DIE!!
He’s Asking . . . Us Imagine Jesus, sleepy-eyed, looking around, and assessing the situation. Next, He says, “Peace, Be still.” There is immediate calm. Winds, waves, thunder, lightning, rain– they all come to a crashing halt. Then, He looks at his fellow passengers (whom He’d been teaching for quite some time, now) and asks, “Where is your faith?
It would be easy for me to criticize the disciples, until I imagine myself in the boat. That’s when I start thinking about my own transitions and my own storms. There have been times when I, too, have panicked just like the disciples. I’ve heard Jesus ask me, “Wilma, Where is your faith?” He challenges me. Now, I’m asking: What about you? Are you in a season of transition?
If your answer is “yes,” there’s no need to worry. I’m here to remind you that the same Jesus who calmed the winds and the waves; the same Jesus who stopped the lightning and silenced the thunder… He is in your boat. But understand: He’s not there to speak to your storm. He wants you to speak to it, yourself, and know that He’s there to back you up. That’s the “Where-Is-Your-Faith” part. See, He’d been teaching this to the disciples the whole time. He wanted them to use what they had been taught. That’s what Jesus wants for all of us. We can be ready for the current storm, the next storm, and any other storm we may ever encounter when we speak to our storms knowing that He’s in our boat to guarantee every faith-filled word.
Transitions are not easy but, when we set sail with Captain Jesus, no matter how rough the waves; how strong the winds or how loud the thunder, we can be sure that He will always get us, safely, to the other side.
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