Earlier I stated that one theme for 2016 is “Transition”. When I first heard that word I was EXCITED…that was until I reached the “in between”. Change is always exciting until you have to WALK THROUGH it. My Goodness. Though the in between can be really difficult and often feels lonely, I continue to be reassured of how good and necessary it is.
The in between looks different for many of us. Sometimes it is a few days, sometimes a couple of months and for some it may be many, many years. As I have walked through my season of the in between I have found that it is most challenging for me because it causes me to BE PRESENT. As an avid dream chaser, when I am placed in a season of transition it causes me to stop looking toward the future, stop focusing so much on what is to come and to pay close attention to what the Lord is showing me in the present season. It forces me to focus on my TODAY and not my TOMORROW. (Yes, I know that Matthew 6:34 clearly states the significance of being present but I am a planner and I don’t normally work like that.)
Today I was processing all that the in between has stirred inside of me and was reminded of one of my favorite stories: Mark 6:45-52.
Verses 46-51 states the following: “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves, beyond measure and marveled.”
What I find interesting about this passage is the fact that I believe Jesus knew His disciples would encounter this storm in their journey from one city to the next. I believe that He knew that their journey would reveal their fear in their time of transition. Seeing that they were already afraid of the tumultuous storm overtaking them, they then see a “ghost” walking toward them and were greatly troubled. Knowing and seeing all that transpired this was His response: “BE OF GOOD CHEER! It is I; do not be afraid.” It states that upon saying this, He got into the boat and that caused the storm to cease. Not just the external storm, but the storm stirring in the hearts of His disciples. In that moment He spoke peace to their fear by exclaiming “BE OF GOOD CHEER!”
If you’re like me and you’re in a challenging season of transition I believe that this is exactly what the Lord is speaking to us in our season of the In between. Though it is hard, though fear may try to creep up it’s ugly head, though it may be uncomfortable; i’m reminded of the words of our loving Savior:”BE OF GOOD CHEER, THE SITUATION YOU ARE IN IS NOT A COINCIDENCE-IT IS I; DO NOT BE AFRAID!”
Be of Good cheer my friends. 🙂