This week I’ve been hearing this word: Transition. During the process of childbirth, there is a stage of labor called transition. It is the time when the intensity ramps up, and it becomes clear that things are about to change. The process of dilation is almost complete and soon you will be saying hello to a brand new someone. Not surprisingly, transition is the time when many moms start feeling like they can’t handle being in labor any longer. They are done – sick of contractions, sick of breathing, ready to call the whole thing off. Hopefully, when a mother reaches this point there is someone there who understands and who can encourage her that she is almost there. All the pain has a purpose and soon she will get the payoff when she holds that precious baby in her arms. Okay, so what does that have to do with us? Well, for those of us who belong to Restoration Church – we are in transition. It is clear that change is eminent and sticking with the status quo is no longer an option. I don’t know what we are going to like on the other side of this transition, but I do know this: Our Father God is good and He delights to bring forth new life – especially in unexpected places!
For many of us this change means saying goodbye to a place that has represented home. We have many wonderful memories from times spent in this place. It’s hard to say goodbye and it is okay to be sad as we anticipate doing so. It is natural to be a little overwhelmed as we pass through this stage of transition. What I believe I hear the Holy Spirit saying this week is this: Trust me. This pain has a purpose. The end result will be worth it. New life is coming. Be encouraged. I brought you this far and I’m not leaving you now. Hold on to My Faithfulness and be faithful to Me.
Father God, please help us to hang on to You and please remind us that You never let go. We love You, Lord and we trust You to bring us through this season and on to times of rejoicing on the other side. Bless Your Name Lord for You are Yahweh – the great God who was and is and always will be. In Jesus Name, Amen.