WEEK 7: Transitional Turbulence
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, ESV)
I am one of those people who HATE turbulence with a passion. My first time flying was with a group of students from my university, when we were invited by a missionary in Russia to join a group of young people for a camp during our mid-year holiday. After experiencing turbulence during that first flight, I developed an extreme anxiety about it. I remember feeling uncomfortable and afraid, as I was not in control. What helped at that time was that I was surrounded by experienced travellers in my group and they assured me not to worry. I later realised that the aircraft was designed to withstand changes and disruptions in air movement, but most times when I fly alone, I seem to forget this fact and think myself into a panic.
While traveling with one of my teammates during my time in Asia, I experienced some of the worst turbulence I have ever felt. My teammate could see that I was struggling, and she offered to hold my hand. I knew that was not going to change the situation, but it brought much comfort and somehow made the journey bearable.
Recently, I have started thinking of any “transition” phase in my life as a period of turbulence on my journey. When God changes things in our lives, it’s never a smooth process – we see this in the life of Joshua and the Israelites. Just like them, we tend to fear these kinds of situations and become anxious about them because we do not feel in control of the uncomfortable bumps. But God assures us, just as He assured them, that He is with us wherever we go.
At times, God will surround you with people who will speak experience and comfort as they hold your hand during your season of transition, but at other times, He will let you travel alone so that He can reassure you to be strong and courageous as you are designed to withstand these changes. He will also remind you of His presence in these seasons.
Whatever transitional turbulence you might be experiencing, remember to stay strong and courageous, to surround yourself with a good team, and to wait it out for He is with you wherever you go.