June is my favorite month with wild flowers, long walks, and cool breezes. But one distinct difference marks the landscape this year: Our home is practically surrounded by construction. The sounds of transition are everywhere. New neighbors are building a house across the street; the ground is being prepared for an elementary school in the field next door; and road construction crews are cutting away hillsides to turn the nearby highway into a 5-lane. I keep telling myself, “Hang in there! This is going somewhere!”
While I’ve loved the construction process of building our own homes, it’s not real pleasant to live in a construction zone. The noise and dirt and disruption of everyday activities can be frustrating. Extra time must be allowed for travel and at any given time of the day I can hear equipment working towards their goal.Hang in there! This is going somewhere! #emptynest #transition Click To Tweet
Transition often feels loud, long, and pushy.
Whether it’s a new career choice or downsizing, a rearranged schedule or stepping over old fears, when your world is changing, emotions can erupt in unexpected ways. It’s tempting to brush it all under the rug and run back to the familiar. As I’ve meditated on this, the Holy Spirit has given a few words of perspective to keep in mind:
- Growth always requires disruption. If you’re looking to grow — personally or in society — there’ll be some noisy, dirty shifting going on. Change is rarely silent or spotless. It requires disruption of what has been normal and comfortable before now.
- This season will not last forever. Although signs of transition may show up early and linger late, one day you’ll be able to look back and see: It started on a specific day and it ended on a specific day. It will not last forever.
- The end goal makes the process worth it. It’s so important to keep the big picture in the forefront of your mind. Looking only at temporary details and discomfort causes unnecessary stress and frustration. Remember the joy of the goal. It will be worth it!
What transition are you moving through? Any helpful tips to share?