Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the
glory of the Lord rises upon you.
- Isaiah 60:1
So you have recently been gifted the opportunity of transitioning into a new season of life. Whether that means continuing your education, family changes, relocating, or rerouting your career, at some point we all will experience some sort of life transition and sometimes that can be a catalyst for anxiety. I’m one of the few people who thrives on change. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to navigate; in fact, it’s never been a simple thing to go through. I try to put myself in situations that are outside of my comfort zone on purpose a lot of the time in order to open myself up to new opportunities for growth and change that will only help me become a better version of me.
The thing is, I view change and life transitions as a new beginning or a fresh start. Just as Isaiah 60:1 reads above, “Arise, shine!” This is an opportunity to grow into a better version of you. The you that God created you to be all along.
So how do you overcome the unknowns involved when transitioning into a new life season?
I try to look at it as a new chapter that God has prepared me for. With God’s hand orchestrating every step of the way, how can I question the process? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you transition into a new season:
God is greater
Any time a big life transition comes my way, I remind myself of how big my God is compared to the situation itself. It helps put it all back into perspective and makes it slightly less overwhelming.
I also turn to Scripture for light and encouragement to enter the new life season with more strength and confidence.
When I moved to a new area, I found it super helpful to plug into my interests even more. Exploring my new city, checking out local spots, getting involved in group activities, and being open to meeting new people. As a more reserved person, this can be intimidating but there’s nothing wrong with starting out slow, easing into this new life setting.
Find time to rest
With a transition typically comes a busier lifestyle, even if for a short time. You are having to now juggle a new routine which can take some time to adjust to. In that chaotic time period, make sure you prioritize time for rest as well.
I want to remind you of this: Just because a new season of life, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, can be scary doesn’t mean you should be fearful. Perhaps this is God showing you what else there is to pursue in this life. I think it’s so easy to limit ourselves because we let the fear of change win, when really the power of knowing God is beside us every step of the way is all we need to win and thrive with change.
1. Whether this life transition was something that was actively pursued or not, what is your intention for this season, and how can you let that empower you to grow and thrive during this time?
2. Reflect on your values. It’s easy to lose grip of those during some life transitions.
3. Who is your support group? Who encourages you when you are feeling overwhelmed? Hold them close.
God, thank You for the opportunity to pursue adventures that may be outside of my comfort zone. I trust that even with the change around me, You are by my side lifting me up when overwhelm sets in and I begin to lose myself in the process. Open my heart to view this opportunity as a chance to grow into the person You created me to be all along. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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