Looking at Jesus’ life I would think that transition for Him was his wilderness experience. The time between His baptism and His ministry. Mathew 3:16-4:1 And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Transition is the in-between time when God is preparing you both internally and externally for your next assignment. I found in my experience that the internal preparation made way for the external. I had a Holy discontentment and lost my desire to do the spiritual assignments I was engaged in. I knew in my heart there was more and I wanted to go after the more. God began to softly speak to me about changing direction with ministry. As He spoke and it registered in my heart, I knew I had to make a change. Someone said “The key to longevity in ministry is following your heart.” We can stay in a place where we can please people, doing things we know how to do, and being comfortable. I get bored with comfortability and for me the excitement in life is doing a new thing. So when God started whispering to come out of the church world into the community, I got very excited. I started serving in church at the age of twenty as a nursery worker. Since then my husband and I have been in multiple churches and in various locations because he was military. Each church we were at we served in. When God said come outside the four walls to minister I was ready. However, let me say I enjoyed serving inside the church for the time He had me there. I have not left the church, just left the assignments I had there.
Transition took longer than I thought. I expected change to be quick, new assignments to come tumbling in, and voila! Sort of a microwave transition. However, with some cases God needs to process us through the change. One of the first things He told me was “love at all costs.” Then I began to practice abiding. Since I could not see my future, I became very clingy with the Holy Spirit. I learned to live one day at a time. I opened my eyes to consider new ways of ministry and new possibilities. I became more confident and more grown up. My dreams became full of direction and kept me on track. I understand why some people give up during the process of change. We simply aren’t given the timeframe because God wants to increase our faith and trust in Him. Just a few months back I wrote God an e-mail asking the what and when questions. I layed my life on the altar, surrendering over and over again. The Lord poured out grace during this time and I did have joy in the midst of my questions, but I learned that having unanswered questions is a part of life and we will experience this with God.
After coming through transition, I saw that timing was a factor. My kids whom are older, our youngest of four is a junior in college were also in transitional seasons. At this point they have all come through their seasons of change as I have mine. My husband and I are empty nesters, and therefore I have more time to devote to ministry.
On a final note I say to you, don’t quit God’s processing. He knows what He is doing. Posture your heart to live in agreement with His Kingdom, with the word of God, and stay positive and in the joy of the Lord. The next assignment for you is greater than the one you left, so He has to do a new work in you to prepare you for it.