Writer: Nathanael Sauce
This year has been a lot of things for me. It has been walking blindly by faith into the unknown. It has been stepping onto a step that seemed to be invisible. It was a year of transition, filled with moments of trepidation and frustration. What it has not been, though, is a failure. My wife and I celebrated our first anniversary this past September, and while this was an incredible time of learning more about each other, this is not the only transition I have experienced this year.
Earlier this year, my wife and I felt the moving of the Holy Spirit upon our lives to step down from the position of “Youth Pastor”, to which I had been entrusted for around four and a half years. We promptly obeyed, and after speaking to my pastor and informing him of this unction, we stepped down.
The months that followed were a bit confusing. If you have ever been in a season of transition, you know exactly to what I am referring. You spend hours of questioning, “God, am I where I need to be? Did I hear you correctly? How will I know when to take the next step?” These are all questions that are completely human, but in a sense, utterly flawed. Each of these questions emerge from a lack of security, or a shallow depth of roots.
After listening to a few people who had done what I’m doing in life, I started to open up my mind to the fact that my journey with God is more than a single moment of finality, but rather a series of victories that are laced through this glorious process called life. Just over a month ago, the position of “Missions Pastor” was offered to my wife and I. This is not a position that in the past I would have seen myself fulfilling. Through this transitional season, God has reshaped my focus and given me some clarity on my future. In certain ways, we are definitely still in a season of transition, but I have found peace in the midst of the craziness.
Please allow me to lend some wisdom to you from my year of experiencing transition. There are a few things that I have learned are most important when handling a transient season.
You are not your rock. GOD is your rock. He is the same God who commanded light to shine from the darkness, who has shown in your heart through the revelation of Jesus Christ, according to 2 Corinthians 4:6. He is immovable, unshakeable, and relentless in His pursuit of you.
The revelation of your royal sonship or daughterhood should be where you find your anchor. When you realize that your place in the family of God is “sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise”, (Eph. 1:13), you no longer have to worry about having a performance-driven life. You find that you have more than just goals, hopes, dreams, and visions for which to live. You have LOVE. Love to give, and love to receive, because you are in the divine family of God.
You are not the first, and you certainly will not be the last. One of the main devices of the enemy is to make you feel singled out. As soon as he can cut you off from your connection to others, frustration and feelings of failure ensue. When you are in-between major seasons of life, whether that be a relationship breakup, a job lost, a business started, a child born, or a season of engagement, it is primetime for lies of the enemy to line the bottom of your soul.
“Maybe there were things I could have done in the last season that wouldn’t have brought me here? “Maybe we shouldn’t get married? Why have I not had a boyfriend/girlfriend in a while? Am I just undateable?” These types of questions can be toxic to your in-between season. In those moments of loneliness and heartache, remember that you are connected to a much bigger picture. The bigger picture definitely involves the dreams of your heart coming into fruition. With that in mind, if your hope is in those dreams, and not the Dream-Maker, you will enter your next season sorely underprepared and disappointed.
You are to let your roots run deep, not worry about the fruit. If God has you in a season of transition, it is for a reason. The reason is for you to refocus your thoughts towards Him, and prepare for the next season. If you are so worried about the fruit of your past season, or the possible fruit of your future seasons, you have no time to be enveloped and engrossed by the heart of God for you. Take time during this season to shift your focus from performing for God, to passionately pursuing his heart.
When you pursue his heart, you will see that the season of triumph and victory is not just in front of you, it is in you. The only reason that fruit appears in the proper season is because the roots were well maintained in previous seasons to prevent death and decay. The only reason King David had the faith to take down Goliath on the battlefield, was because he correctly handled his season of preparation on the shepherd’s field.
Maybe you have been in this “transitional season” for weeks, months, years, or even decades. The timing of the season is not in your hand, but the perspective you choose to take is your choice. God has plans for you. He has big, wild, crazy, incredible dreams for you. If you submit all your dreams, hopes, and visions to Him, you will find that your greatest moments have nothing to do with the season you are in, but rather the One to whom you are connected.