The Two Sides of Transition

“Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” -Psalm 126:4-6 NIV

This passage from the book of Psalms speaks about the reality of grieving loss while carrying something to invest into the future. Both are necessary components of successful transitions. One hand acknowledges and affirms the people, places and things we leave behind. The other hand symbolizes the hope we carry into the future -the hope to plant, cultivate and reap something new and beautiful. Acknowledging loss and cultivating hope: two sides of the transition coin.

Whether transition is forced upon us or comes about by personal choice, making it to the other side requires that we intentionally process the loss and plan for the next productive season. Is it possible to walk through a major life transition with both hands full, one doing the work of grieving losses, and the other gradually filling up with good seed to plant in rich soil? Yes! So, why not allow God to fill at least one of your hands with abundant seed to sow on the other side of the transition? He is able to do that - even while the loss still hurts.

Sometimes transitions can seem chaotic. Nothing feels right. Nothing looks right. Nothing works. Maybe it's time to re-define transition, to infuse our experience with a sense of purpose. What if transition = transformation? You can read more about this HERE in a great post by one of my mentor coaches. I'll end this post with some encouragement from Romans 5:3-5 MSG...

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"

Working with a qualified life coach is a great way to process both sides of the transitions coin. Click Here to learn more about working with me as your transitions coach.