Have you ever struggled with transitions and stress? If shifts in life wrack you off balance, you’re not alone. Moving from known to unfamiliar challenges us all. Discomfort in times of transition is a normal part of the human experience. We’re wired to enjoy our security and feel apprehensive when circumstances change.
Despite the commonness of our distress, we’re not meant to set up camp there. Progressing out of our angst isn’t as easy as determining we need to move on, though.
Throughout scripture, faithful people sought the means to make it through tough times.
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion” (Psalm 84:5-7).
How do we make the journey from crisis and fear to peace and celebration?
Today’s video examines the secret to navigating life’s tough transitions, noting the following keys to remember:
- Perspective without comparison-related shaming
- Go through the wasteland. No camping in Baka.
- Transitions occur to all of us. Even the patriarchs struggled with crises and life change.
- Christ was the only one who handled angst perfectly, but he did go through it. His experience in Gethsemane proves His empathy and understanding for us when we feel stress and angst in our lives.
- Thanksgiving and praise are the keys to navigating from crises and stress toward receiving the gracious joy of celebrating God’s gifts and presence with us.
Will you challenge yourself this month with me? I plan to focus on thankfulness and praise each day in November. Feel free to share, as I’d love to hear your comments and praise God along with you.