Learning to follow new road signs can often give us anxiety because we do not know what the future holds.
However, our security is found in Christ. Knowing Him and being known by Him. When we know how to read the signs, our knowledge gives us confidence and less worry about the unknown.
In my new book, Getting There, I share how letting God plot our course is the very first change that must take place for us to be well-prepared. That means you may feel pain or experience disappointments, but they won’t have the damaging effect on you they had in the past. You’ll begin to almost laugh as they happen. I know that sounds crazy, but that is why I love the “she laughs” in Proverbs 31:25.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” (NIV)
I chuckle now when adversity comes my way. The enemy tries the same old tricks on the new person that I am becoming. I appreciate the tests now. They give me confirmation of what I hope and pray are the transformations within me. When the Holy Spirit and I take them on with ease, it brings faith to life.
If you never felt pain, you would never enjoy the times of peace and joy.
With experience comes a measure of understanding, but experience alone will not change the trajectory of your life choices. Added to experience, there must be a willingness to follow the guidelines found in the Word of God along with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The very first commandment Jesus gave to His disciples was, “Follow me.” If we are honest with ourselves, most of us tell Jesus, “No. You follow me and bless me!” That is like us getting in the car and telling the GPS to create the way as you drive it.
Letting God plot our course is the very first change that must take place for us to be well-prepared on the road of life.
We will continue to go through transitions in life, and they will be uncomfortable. Let’s journey gently, as we all fall short. None of us are “there.” As William Bridges says in Transitions, “It’s time to be gentle with yourself or with the other person, a time for the little supports and indulgences that make things easier. I’m not quite fully the new person yet, but I’m getting there.”
*Excerpt from my book, Getting There. Copyright © 2018 by Linette Bumford, All Rights Reserved.