By Stewart Holloway
PINEVILLE, La. – Transitions are some of the most beautiful things that occur in life. In music, we can feel our spirits lift as a modulation occurs. In sports, transitions cause us to rise from our seats and cheer on our team as the football is run into the end zone or the basketball is passed to a player who shoots and scores. In creation, the daily sunrise and sunset and the seasonal changes can take our breath away.
As we live our lives, we see a lot of persona…l transitions: the first day of school, graduation day, wedding day, first job, new job, new home, first child, first grandchild, etc. Most transitions come at beautiful times in life. We celebrate them as they happen, and remember them with fondness as we look back through pictures and videos.
Have you ever stopped to realize, though, that every transition, no matter how beautiful, has a bit of fear attached to it? Will the musicians make that key change effectively? Will the catch be made? What does the night hold? What does the new day hold? What will this year of school be like? What will being on my own be like? Is this really the person for me to marry? What kind of parents will we be? Will we be able to handle the empty nest?
It goes on and on. Every transition, even the most beautiful and exciting, is a bit scary. Yet, transitions are times for God to do new things in us. Sometimes God uses these life transitions to cause us to refresh our thinking and reboot our dreams. He opens up new doors of opportunity and takes us to places we never thought possible.
When God brings a transition into your life, transfer the fear to faith and be excited about what God can and will do in that season of your life. Look for the new work He is wanting to do in you and through you and enjoy being in the loving hands of Almighty God.
Stewart Holloway is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pineville. This editorial first appeared on his Facebook page.