The Transition TuneBy
I have a theme song for my summer. It’s one you may be familiar with if you’ve ever seen the movie Fiddler on the Roof. Only instead of Tevye’s adamant “Tradition…Tradition!”, I’m singing out, “Transition…Transition!” I’m hopeful that the personal transitions I’m about to share will carry with them a spirit of encouragement and camaraderie to help you in your transitions.
If I were a rich man…yes, Tevye, we’ve all shared your dream at some point. As a single parent, I’ve often wished that I could be independently wealthy and enjoy the luxury of just being a stay-at-home mom. And while I’ve always “worked at home”, I’ve also had to be a work-away-from home mom to make ends meet. This past year, the Lord convicted me that I was spending most of my time and energy on my least important job (the away-from-home one) and the least of my time and energy on my most important job (the mom one). Before the sun sets on this precious time with my children, I want to pour all I can into them. I want them to know that they are my priority. So with a big step of faith and a firm grip on my Master’s hand, I resigned from the away-from-home job and committed to getting my priorities back in order. Transition!
To life…L’Chaim! Another transition in our little home stemmed from the desire to make life in our abode more livable and lovable. I have twin daughters who just turned twelve and have proven all of the “experts” right: pre-teen girls desire (need) their own “area” and privacy. There are four of us in a small, three-bedroom home, and the girls have been sharing space since…well…conception. In an effort to nurture shalom in our home, we did a major reshuffle of rooms, giving the girls each their own room (my six-year-old son and I now share). Convenient? Not really. Contentment? Definitely. Transition!
Sunrise, sunset … We all face transitions during this time of year. School’s out for summer (oh wait, that’s not Fiddler on the Roof). Weddings take place. Schedules get rearranged. We vacation. We sign up for special events and activities. We try to organize chaos. Our summers (and our lives!) are full of transitions.
I am learning – a transition at a time – that as I listen carefully to the Lord and boldly follow His plan, peace fills my heart and His blessings fill my life. I pray that you will be inspired to take big steps of faith and see some amazing transitions in your own life. I hope that you will be prompted to reshuffle and make room for contentment and peace. I desire for you to tune into the Lord’s voice and courageously walk the path He’s laid out for you. And I want you to celebrate transitions and see His blessings fill your life. Transition!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org.