A few years ago my family and I were subjected to change due to long standing needs in our home. Now I have turned 55. The world system says ‘more changes’. However recent economic crises changed the retirement age. This shows that retirement is just a man-made mechanism in the world system. Singapore, Malaysia and Australia increased the age for retirement by 2 to 3 years. My take: we have to decide for ourselves and not fall prey to a mentality in transitions in life that lands us in unnecessary turmoil. Age may or may not be the best gauge for the need for transition. Not only the older face transitions, the young too. Young and old may lose their strength and change helps to bring refreshing.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in (wait upon) the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:30)
Realistically speaking, we do reach certain optimum levels where we find ourselves dissatisfied with the status quo. What was fulfilling before does not seem to be satisfying now.
It happens when you reach a certain stage of your life – in career, in between jobs or business ventures or in relationships. These moments happen at teenage, middle age or at retiring age. Transition can be a crisis time for some. Confusion may set in. They grope for understanding. Tragically, some make wrong choices and venture into unhealthy activities. Age is not the only factor in good decision making. Bible says wisdom is principal.
Is there anything wrong with experiencing the emotions that come with transition in life? The obvious answer is ‘no’.
The Lord is leading even in times of life’s transitions. God is working destiny and testimony in your life. This is a time of further self-discovery. It may even be a time of new ventures and creativity. Faith is a factor here. Trusting the Lord to bring you into your next level is a significant attitude. Staying in negative emotions like frustration with things or people does not help. Switching channels in thought patterns and subsequently change how we feel about things or people is important. In my recent few years amidst changing circumstances, one could be tempted to feel at a loss but thankfully a few things helped me and have kept me not only going but now I can say, largely fulfilled.
Serve God – He leads with revelation and refreshing
The knowledge that I am a life totally given to serve the Lord (faithfully and passionately for long years) helped me trust Him in times of transition. His revelation on the Kingdom of God has given me further understanding of God’s purpose, the future of the church and ministry. That refreshed my faith, my spirit and my soul. God’s open doors for ministry affirm the relevance of this Biblical illumination for the Body of Christ. At the same time others with similar revelation of God’s kingdom surfaced. It gave me confidence that I am leading God’s people accurately into His truths, empowering them in a valid faith based on God’s Word. Repeated invitations year after year have been coming in and filled up my calendar. I am very grateful that I can serve God in such grace. Such is the goodness of God. This is mercy.
Sharpening your Gift is His way of focusing you
I landed in situations that allowed the use of the prophetic gift to flow. That has been amazing to me – most times very nervous at first but very grateful after the ministry event, having encouraged many. A Pastor reckons it is a clear gift that God has endowed. One said not only sharp but detailed were the prophetic words. The truth is how would I know when I am prophesying? I merely open my mouth and the Lord filled it. I am glad that I do not ‘know’ what I am talking about. Glory goes to the Lord! I rejoice.
Seeing my family grow too quickly – family is priority
While I am full-on each time when serving the Lord no matter where, the tug and desire for the family has been real. I noticed when I am too long away from them I go emotionally bonkers. It must be driven home that after God our family is the most important thing. I am very grateful to my wife for her dedication to our marriage and our family. My family is blessed to have her.
Seeing God’s provision – it made a huge difference
In the midst of change God’s practical provision is a daunting concern but when it comes through sovereign means it has been a great stabilizing factor. I am grateful for the love of quiet ones that cared and showed it practically and graciously. Each time I quietly prayed with thanksgiving, “Lord, please bless them. Only you can do it well enough for each of these dear ones.”
Set in sweetness and away from bitterness
Having been in the church world for many years, I have seen believers end in bitterness and misgiving. Few as they may be, I hope, we certainly hope not to be numbered among them. Many can be the reasons for people to feel disappointed with God or with man. But being grateful for what God has given us is an art. Sweetness comes from a fulfilled life, a satisfied soul.
Enjoy serving God. Enjoy the gifts God has given us. Enjoy God. Keep feeling useful to God no matter what and bless others.
These I learnt about moving in life’s transitions.