Those who walk in pride He is able to humble. Daniel 4:37
This year has been a humbling experience full of revelation and clarity about myself. Within the past year I have moved to a new location, started a new position, made new friends, and adjusted to changes in my spiritual and personal life. I consider all of this a part of the evolution of me. Life is about transition and growth. The manner in which we leave one season and enter a new one says a lot about our character and our obedience to God's instruction.
God will often take us somewhere new to gut out our desire for something that He wants us to move on from. That's not saying that whatever that something is never should have been in our lives, it just may be time to start anew. For example, maybe God revealed to you years ago that your current job is not your career. But He didn't open the door just yet for your exit. Then, after a transition He suddenly provides the perfect opening for a way out. This was all in tune with God's perfect orchestration of what we call "your life."
We have to be able to release the pressure to figure everything out on our own. This also means tuning out the distractions. When you make life changes, the people in your life will want to know when, where, why, what, and how. But honestly it is not any of their business. Your life is between you and God. Now of course if you are married, your spouse should be involved in your major decisions but for the rest of us single grown folk, you don't have to answer to anyone but God. You don't need opinions distracting your vision or your destiny.
"Stop asking people for their opinion. Believe in your own ability. Take a step. Make a decision. Own the outcome!" --Dr. Taunya A. Lowe "Wanna Start a Riot? Change"
Learn to pray without ceasing, fast, seek God's presence daily. I bolded presence because many of us say routine prayers every day. But do we spend time in worship and in environments where God will show up and reveal to us the answers that we need in order to make decisions? It is so easy to fall off task when it comes to our prayer life and our time spent with our Father. I am very guilty of this. That is why, as with any relationship, it is important to make an effort and block off time just for Him. You want to know why you don't have the answers to your toughest questions? What does your prayer life look like?
I have a group of supporters that introduced me to a unique style of prayer that is helping me gradually enhance my communication with the Almighty. We call it tea time. I will actually heat water on the stove and make tea for me and God (using the stove rather than the microwave requires me to spend more time chit chatting with Him rather than rushing our sweet conversation). Then I sit in His lap or at His feet right in my very own living room and talk to Him aloud like a child would their earthly Dad. I thank Him for being so good, I worship Him for who He is, I praise Him for what He's done, and I ask of Him what I need or what I see others need. I also find that while driving in the car He will just show up and I will spend that time praising and thanking Him. When you feel the urge to shout, shout! Never hold back your praise.
Transitions are necessary for our growth. Otherwise we would be stagnant, lifeless individuals with no purpose. We have to evolve. We have to change. We have to improve. God reveals more to us about ourselves and our purpose on earth as we deepen our relationship with Him. Use your transitional periods to understand your calling. Whatever that may be, know that we all were called to bless others so seek ways to do so. God will show you amazing things through your giving. In everything embrace change. It is the most exciting, invigorating stage of your life!