When we moved from NE Brasil to Curitiba in 2012 my wife had a clear sense of purpose. She was going to support my passion for men’s ministry and my desire to have a singular focus. She was, however, leaving behind a legacy of changed lives and friendships through the Life Recovery ministry she had led for over a decade. She felt that it was time for her to resign from an active role in ministry. Suddenly her world was turned upside down. She no longer was leading a large ministry and hustling around the city from leader to leader, she now confined her influence to the inside of four walls. Her heart and mind went into a tailspin and she struggled with the age-old question. Who am I, in this place?
Ever been in such a quandary?
Life is full of new beginnings and endings
Your first day in kindergarten…
Your eighth-grade graduation ceremony …
New homeroom seating assignment in High school…
Orientation week as you enter college
Flipping your mortarboard tassel as you receive your college diploma…
Tackling your first full-time career job
Dealing with being replaced at work by someone younger or brighter
Smiling as you cuddle your first child
Experiencing a home with an “empty nest.”
All new beginnings have endings and lead to periods of transition. In the transition we find ourselves groping to redefine or maybe rediscover who we are…
For the past year, I have been caught in the throes of major transition – from an active lifelong career overseas in Brasil to a slower paced lifestyle in Northern Arizona.
The transition feels much like being a trapeze artist in mid-flight who just released his grip on one bar while he waits to be caught on the other side of the chasm by another trapeze artist. He can do nothing to resolve his fate only extend out his arms and hands.
How well do you handle life’s delays?
Traffic delays? Delays in grocery store lines? Delays on airplane landings?
Transitions that accompany moving from one career to another?
Moving from one city or state to another?
Moving from an active lifestyle into a slower, less focused routine?
Facing unemployment after a long-term commitment to your job?
Seeing the last of your children leave home to start a life on their own?
If you too like me struggle inside the empty spaces where you are groping to grasp something solid about your future, and about your identity. Take heart from these words:
The God who encouraged you to let go of one role without knowing for sure how the next one would play out is right there with you as a safety net. He won’t let you fall into the chasm below you.
The Lord is my rock and my place of safety. He is the God who saves me. My God is my rock. I go to him for safety. He is like a shield to me. He’s the power that saves me. He’s my place of safety. Ps.18.2.
You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm. Ps. 9.11-3 MSG
Hidden in God, Your identity is redefined,
Hidden in Christ, your future is secure,
Waiting on God, you can trust Him, even when the transition scares you to
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