The Dynamics of Transition

We are all in transition. But the transitions that mark our destiny and create our story are the ones that are thrust upon us by the Creator of a greater narrative we call redemption. These transitions whisper to us when we feel the malaise of discontent and stagnation. They seek us out in the wilderness and transcend us into a different level of purpose. We see this early on in the story of Moses. Here are five traits we discover on the road to transformation and destiny.

Patience

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Exodus 3:1

Success doesn’t happen overnight. Most of the overnight successes include 10-year-long nights. Moses’ night lasted 40 years in the dumpy fixer-upper known as the backside of the desert. I’ve been in these well-worn dogleg paths of the human experience but never for forty years. Patience will ultimately sustain you during transitions. We see Moses and his subordinates (dust-beat, bleating monotones called sheep.) There’s nothing like working for your father in law to level out any narcism loitering in the corridors of your soul. Ask Moses when you see him. Patience will win out if you give it time., And patience always requires time.

Perception

2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:2

It’s interesting to note that Moses got a call from the Lord because he was curious enough to check out was going on around him. God looks for those who are curious. He wants investigators who are willing to forget their sheep and focus in on the anomalies they encounter.

Purpose

10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10

Every leader has a Pharaoh in their future. We all have obstacles and ogres that God wants us to conquer. It’s your purpose and when you are called to fight, you’d better grab your moment, because it’s why you were created.

Promise

And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:17

Every transition has a purpose and every purpose has a prize. Also note that the prize includes a handful of enemies to overcome. I don’t know. Your Hittites may be an emotional disorder. Your Perizzites may be your chronic illness. Your Amorites might be your addictions. You have been created to overcome those squatters living in the land of your future victories. Just trust that the Milk and Honey of the Kingdom will be worth the fight. Take the fight to the enemy. In the end, you are destined to overcome.

Power

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
Exodus 4:2

God takes the things you have and makes them holy and powerful. Trust whatever is in your hand. A pen, a hammer, a stethoscope, a paint brush… They are tools that can transcend into the implements of the Divine.

So now… It’s a long journey. Get some rest. Take your vitamins and when the sun rises, get after it. It’ll be well worth the trouble.

Life = Transitions

We are constantly changing. From first breath to final breath, life is all about transitions. But godly transitions take intention. The next few weeks, we will be studying some of the major transitions that happened as recorded in God’s word. We will see men women who have been through transitions successfully.

Our church is in the midst of transition. Through the wise leadership of Bro. Russ, Silver Springs Baptist Church has been healthy and effective. But the key for all of us now is to prepare for the future. Let’s pray as a church that God will guide every change and transition that we experience. Prayer is the key!

Let’s pray for our transition team, our personnel committee, and our finance committee. Let’s pray that this time of transition will unite rather than divide us.

When I began at Silver Springs Baptist Church, I challenged us all to pray a simple prayer: “Surprise me” it’s amazing to me to see how God has surprised us all. Here’s one example of a surprise:

One of the things that we have discussed is the need for upgrades in the facility before our new pastor comes to lead us. Through the generosity of a former member we see a potential to make these changes as well as provide an outlet for financial stability and growth. Let’s pray that God guides our leadership team to propose just the right changes that need to be made.

Transitions are so important! Let’s trust God as he takes us to the next level of impact in Mount Juliet, Tennessee and around the world. Let’s stay together and pray together that God will fulfill his mission on Earth as it is in Heaven.