NAVIGATING LIFE’S TRANSITIONS

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In HIS Presence

NAVIGATING LIFE’S TRANSITIONS

Read: Philippians 4:12-13
Meditation verse:
“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 4:12).

Transition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. Nature abhors vacuum because life is a lively process of becoming. Change is therefore one thing you should expect if you are alive. So, in life, we are always going through one transition or the other. Some major transitions that can upset the natural course of our lives include sudden loss of a job, end of a relationship; a divorce, the sudden yawning of an empty nest as the children all leave home, a terminal ailment, untimely death of a loved one, relocating to a new place or retirement from work and feeling lost.

Sometimes even when there are no visible changes, we may experience a “psychological impasse”, which is a deadlock or feeling of uncertainty, which brings with it the sense of being stuck or paralyzed or locked in a box. You can’t put your finger to what the problem is, but you know something is wrong. You feel restless, deflated or not up to anything much. Whether predictable or not,
and irrespective of how painful or difficult or uncomfortable transition periods are, they present a new beginning and offer a good place from where you can define a new vision for your life.

If you are currently in a life transition, pause to process what occurred or is occurring. Don’t leave in self-denial, wishing the situation will disappear. If it is a loss, acknowledge it and feel the pain. Because the pain is usually a springboard from which your healing will emerge. Take as much time as you need but don’t remain stuck here. Make an informed assessment of the extent of the change or transition and how it affects your life. Do a SWOT analysis. Note the negatives, positives, opportunities that the situation presents as well as the threats. Ask what is the worst-case scenario? Staying in God’s presence will provide you with the guidance and strength required to move forward to the next phase of life. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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