I would imagine that you have gone through transition, or will go through it, at some point in your life. Whether it happens as a result of a conscious decision you made, or it comes upon you from the choices of others, it is simply part of the human experience and something we all deal with. During these times, we typically experience worry, stress, anxiety, etc., at a heightened level. If we're not careful, we can allow this to steal our joy and miss out on the blessings that the Lord has for us in this new part of our journey.
My study into dealing with this has led me to Matthew 6:34. The Bible says, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
What a powerful and life changing verse this can be if we apply it in our lives. I know it has changed my thought life; and therefore, has changed my outlook on transition and change. If you're anything like me, the unknowns of life scare me sometimes and I have to go back to realizing some basic truths that God has given me in His Word.
1. He loves me and will NEVER abandon me. Over the past few months, I have repeatedly reminded myself of this and it has now become a part of my daily devotions.
2. The past cannot be changed and it is gone. Don't waste any more time thinking of it or worrying about it. Just confess it and let God take care of it. One word of caution, though. Be prepared for the accuser to start working. When he starts doing this, just go right back to the knowledge that God has forgiven it and move forward. Remember: Christ has already defeated him and he has no power unless we give it to him. Simply learn to walk away and be done with him.
3. I have no idea what is going to happen next. I have no idea what the next minute will hold; let alone next year, next month, or tomorrow. Bottom line is this: I simply don't know and will not waste any more time being in a negative "mental prison" worrying about it. God has come to heal the sick, to free the oppressed, and to give us life more abundantly. I don't know about you, but I am a child of God, saved by grace, and loved beyond anything I can comprehend. My God loves me and knows the hairs on my head. He knows what He has for me and it is nothing but good! Praise Him and enjoy the journey; that's my plan.
One piece of advice which I have been given, that has made an enormous impact on me, is: "Have enough faith to do something bigger than me." That Godly advice, along with this and many other verses, has resulted in my life being changed and my joy coming back! I am free and happier than I have been in a very long time. I sincerely hope you will allow God to free you from the "just getting by" mindset that comes from regret (living in the past) and anxiety (living in a future you have no idea about) and get into the "life more abundantly" mindset of depending on the Lord and praising Him for the blessings you have today. Look up and step out in faith. It might be hard, but it is definitely worth it.
Written by Jesse Kyle