Are you struggling with an unexpected and totally unwanted transition in your life? You’re not alone. Transition is just a part of life. Do I like it? Not all the time; but sometimes a transition can be an answer to prayer. I do like that. Also, it is sometimes not THE answer we had hoped for, but it is an answer. I am learning that when we learn how to face transitions with God’s help, we find hope even when life doesn’t go the way we had planned, and pain and heartache do enter our story.
I experienced it in a series of quiet moments. Walking in the front door in the morning and realizing this would not be “my place” much longer, watching the team execute with competence and compassion but realizing that it wouldn’t continue, and doing routine tasks with an unusual enjoyment but also a sense of finality. Michelle and I had made the decision together. The work was good and valuable and productive, but we both knew that the time had come for something new. It was what I had done for the last six or seven years, my professional identity. And it was ending.
Living with a psychologist I knew the symptoms: grief, loss, a temptation to negotiate an alternate ending. This was the end of a major and fulfilling part of life. A small death.