Wiping the sweat from my forehead, I finished plucking feathers from the chicken and glanced at the clock. One more hour until the electricity shuts off.
The screen door squeaked and several barefooted kids moseyed into the kitchen. My son's eyes shone as he held out a green lizard for me to admire.
"Momma, we're hungry," he whispered looking at his new friends.
"Let me grab some mangoes," I answered as I pulled a kitchen towel out of the drawer and gasped. Little teeth marks covered my dish towel and all the others!
What in the world? I thought as a thump, thump sounded overhead.
"Rats!" the kids chorused.
My heart shuttered. Oh no, Lord! Hand-sized spiders, thumb-size roaches and now RATS IN MY HOUSE! This is too much!
Have you struggled with transitioning?
The Israelites did.
They wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” Numbers 11:4b-6
Rather than focus on their new freedom, they complained. They wanted to take matters into their own hands and go back. Just like I was doing.
Change unsettles us because everything is different. As we are pushed outside our comfort zones, doubts creep in making us wonder if we can do it.
Our lack of control unnerves us and forces to decide: Who are we going to trust? God or ourselves?
If we are going to transition well, we need to trust the Lord. He never changes even though our surroundings change. As we trust in Him, he provides peace and strength for each day.
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
Transitioning is a process so give yourself grace and expect to grow. But no matter how many changes we encounter, remember God never changes and promises to be with us.
As you transition, who are you trusting in? What tips helped you transition well?