In Times of Transition, Wait Upon The Lord

By: Sonia Eizenhoefer 0 Comments   7/18/2011

Do you like change? Times of Transition? How do you handle it when everything around you is shifting and changing? Here in the St. Cloud area are times of transition. Some areas of transition are in schools, churches, the work place, and in families.

There are so many changes that have happened at my home church this past year that itis difficult to adjust. Some pastors have moved on with different assignments from God and some from within our congregation have stepped up to fill the open positions. With these changes some families and individuals have also moved on and others have come to join us. It’s like attending a new church without having to leave. Also our vision has changed, which I love; Experiencing God, Loving Others, and Transforming our World. This new vision is easier to remember and run with.

It's a normal process for churches to go through these things, some leave on good terms and others leave with differences. When there are differences between pastors it is very difficult to know what to do. It might feel like we need to choose sides. Times like these would make it easier to leave, but what does God want us to do?

It's important to pray in earnest during times of transition, both for the leaders and the congregation. The majority of people try to avoid change and find it hard to accept. It’s easy to see change well received when it is forthe better, but hard to discern, which draws us to prayer and seeking God. One lesson learned during all of these adjustments is the incredible need for the gift of discernment. It’s very beneficial for everyone to tap into this gift; it will help us to pray and walk through everything with God’s grace.

Another area of transition in this area is within the St. Cloud School District. With moving around alot of principals, many schools will be experiencing a lot of change, hopefully for the better. Some schools in this area are at risk of failing because of low standardized test scores and so teachers and administration are scrambling to do whatever they can to improve their students' scores, even teaching to the test. This stems from the No Child Left Behind agenda it would be a beneficial move for us if we revisited this to see if it is really improving our public school system.

While it works for average students and it is causing teachers to be more accountable, it is still very difficult to test special education students and ESL students. Some special education students will not be able to keep up with others and ESL students learn English, but when they are beginners, it shouldn’t be expected of them to be tested with the average students that have known English as their first language.

Also, families are going through transition with lost jobs and have not been able to return to work, in turn they find their path and learn to live on less income or seek help from friends, family, and the church. Others have lost loved ones or loved ones have moved on to a new chapter thus the whole family has to prepare for a new chapter in their lives. Since these are hard times, it would be helpful for us to reach into our sphere of influence and help others that could be struggling.

What can we do during times of transition? It can be confusing and difficult to make decisions with so many changes. One rule of thumb is to wait, wait until the dust settles before making any decisions. Just like a pilot needs to stay on course through the clouds in a storm until he reaches a clearing, we need to do the same, no matter what is happening. During one sermon with a Pastor at my home church had made a great statement to help us through these tough times, “Some of you are confusing the destination with the situation.” So remember the destination and stay on course.

We can trust that God will help through anything even if we lose our place, He will open a new door, as it says in His word; (“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart,and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”) (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJ. emphasis added). This is especially important when going through confusing times for God knows what is going to happen, and it’s helpful to know His perspective. None of these transitions have or will surprise Him.

God is there for us as it says in Hebrews; “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said,“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJ,emphasis added) He will also provide for us when we cannot. He is our supplier; “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19NKJ, emphasis added). He will also protect us as it says in His word: “God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need Him” (Psalm 46:1 MSG). It is also comforting to know that God never changes even when everything else around us does as it says in His word; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8 NKJ).

We need to learn how to wait on God during times of transition and not to change course until we receive a clear word from God. This same principal can apply to the many other areas that are also going through changes that couldn’t be addressed here. We also need to use our discernment and follow God and not man. So while waiting we can pray and seek Him, He will give us everything we need even His peace. So rest in the Lord, trust Him, and we will get through this by leaning on Him.

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