If you’ve been a Christian for more than a day, you’ll figure out it’s not a walk in the park; it’s a walk across rainbow-misted-mountaintops and doubt-littered valleys. The transition between the former and latter is something I have yet to get used to. As I sit in this valley, I look around me and notice a few things.
I found the most beautiful of flowers grew here.
And it’s in this valley the spirit of conquest is birthed within me and I can prepare myself for my next mountain.
It’s in this valley my true intentions and heart is revealed.
It’s also here I cry the most. And I fear the most.
Why do I fear change? Why do I fear the loss of the familiar? Why do I strive to retain the contemporary? It’s like every time You slam the door on the existing, I’m stripped of my confidence.
Transition can be devastating if you don’t understand God’s intent.
Pr. David McCracken
The best part of being in a valley is you can see your next mountain. The worst part, you have no clue how long you will be stuck there. Jonah’s transition was 3 days/3 nights in a very uncomfortable motel. Moses’ valley was 40 years in the desert. Of course the fact that Jonah’s commission was to save a city while Moses had to not only unlearn 40 years of Egyptian training but be prepared to confront Pharaoh’s greatest army and deliver 3 million Israelites into the promise land may have something to do with the time difference but there really is no way to gauge how long one would be sitting in a valley.
One of the hardest things a human has to do is accept change as a necessity. It is instinct to rebel against something foreign. But the same way a caterpillar has to go through pupation and die to itself before it can be reborn as a butterfly, the same way being in a valley will determine if you go back to crawling or you learn how to fly effortlessly unhelped by human hands.
It’s in the valley I cling to You the most.
I don’t think God wants us to live in prolonged periods of sorrow. Long, maybe, but not pro-longed. Every loss has it’s season of mourning. God gave us the ability to love wholeheartedly, to feel the loss of that love should it happen, but more importantly He has blessed us with the ability to move on.
Transition is empowering when embraced. There is always something to learn from it, whether or not it seems like a mistake.
Pr. David McCracken
Thinking of: God and how He is seriously on this undeterred mission to make me just like Him.