My husband and I took our “baby” girl to college this fall, we are officially “empty nesters”. As much as we miss the kids being home and the hustle and bustle of all their activities, we have actually settled into this new season pretty well… with lots of prayer support, grace, and strength.
Are you in transition? Are you in the midst of a job change, building a new home, adding an addition to your family, moving, or changing your vocational calling?
Transitions can be challenging, but good. The word transition means – the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
You may not be transitioning to an “empty nest”, but sooner or later, we all go through changes that cause grief, or demand extra energy and focus.
Although, I admit sometimes holding back the tears while reflecting on the time raising my daughter, it does bring joy, yet an awareness that she had grown independent and it was time to let her go. (God has a way of preparing us through the teen years! 🙂 )
One of the habits that has helped me the most during my transition is to intentionally look for things I can be thankful for. I also reflect on a passage of scripture that brings me peace to better accept the seasons of change. As a wise author, Solomon, beautifully and poetically wrote,
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
…11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11)
A friend of mine posted on Face Book a picture of a bird’s nest. Inside the nest was a half of egg shell. She reminded me of the natural process of raising our children and letting them “soar”. Those of you who are letting go… whether a child, a dream, a job… Embrace the new season with expectation! God is faithful to meet you, where you are, with more than you imagined.