Transition. I was in it.
Transitioning into life on the mission field can be a slow process—
- stumbling through unknowns,
- waiting for elusive answers, and
- figuring out new identities.
It’s an offbeat experience because people lose their bearings, they live in an in-between state—awkward, incomplete.
Transition is stretching, re-thinking, expanding.
It’s a vulnerable time,
a time of letting go of the old
even before figuring out the new.
My Seattle roots had been torn up,
yet I had not put down roots in Lomalinda.
I was neither here nor there.
(from Chapter 9, Please, God, Don’t Make Me Go)
Transition is a time of necessary breaking—breaking from the familiar and the comfortable and the knowable.
A necessary breaking. Necessary because:
“God uses broken things.
It takes broken soil to produce a crop,
broken clouds to give rain,
broken grain to give bread,
broken bread to give strength.”
Transition is a time of patching broken pieces together to form a new person, a new home, a newly remodeled and defined family. A new ministry.
And whether we realize it at the time or not, the Bible has given us many instructions to get us through the transitioning and breaking and remaking.
“. . . Be strong and brave. . . .
The Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.”
(Joshua 1:9, NCV)
“Be patient in trouble and pray continually.”
Transitioning into life on the mission field is a time to pray, hope, wait, and hang on for dear life.
“At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing
if we don’t give up.