Transition is a journey I have come to be all familiar with over the past few years. For the last 15 years of my life, I have experienced so many changes both major and small, but they have all led to tremendous growth.
To be in transition means to travel between destinations. Life is filled with many opportunities to transition. But it is down to you to accept the call. I have come to realise in my journey that transition is a call to greatness. Ignoring that call can be detrimental to your growth and to your future. Whenever I think of transition and my journey, the eagle springs to mind. The bible says in Isaiah 40v31, ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint’.
I always talk about the process of the eagle when I discuss transition with my friends and peers. Eagles go through a process known as metamorphosis. This is where an Eagle goes through a physical change. With the eagle, at a certain stage in its life, everything starts to get old, its energy is not where it once was, so it makes a decision either it stays in the physical state that it is in and die or go through the painful process of metamorphosis. It is at this point, it retreats to a mountaintop and over a five month period, it goes through the painful process of metamorphosis. It knocks off its own beak by banging it against a rock, till it falls off then it plucks out its feathers. However, each stage produces a re-growth of the removed body parts, allowing the eagle to live for another 30-40 years. You see, transition requires you to leave the known and branch out into the unknown.
The journey of transition entails a lot of loss and pain but this is necessary for growth. This takes place to prepare you for the new things that you will accumulate throughout your journey; you cannot put new stuff into old vessels. At the end of the transitional journey, there is so much growth and restoration for all of what you have lost. The transitional journey is lonely but during this lonely season, it is a time of revelation and preparation for the next level that God has for you.
Know that transition is never convenient. When the Lord told me to step out of my known environment and into the journey of the unknown, there were some inconvenient and unexpected events. Then God reminded me that the whole point of this journey is to be used as His vessel. He reminded me that He chose me, John 15v16.
If you sense that you are being called into the unknown, you will feel fear and uncertainty but know that this is your call to greatness and the only route to greatness is through transition, taking you from one destination to the next.
God bless you and thank you for reading.