|A literal life road sign:)|
The great thing about transition is that eventually, it comes to an end. It’s cheesy, but like the song, I usually picture life like a highway, with questions and looming events like road signs. I see them coming, and eventually drive past them. The new city becomes home, the acquaintances become family, the diploma is given and the job is found. I’ve found that if I can’t last through a transition, I would be quitting it to enter into another one, so I try to persevere until the uncharted territory becomes familiar, expanding the previous limits of my comfort.
If I woke up tomorrow with a picture of exactly what my life would look like for the next ten years, it would not change the fact that I only have today. I would still have the same people and work in front of me, and could still only live one day at a time. Whatever Jesus places in front of me today will prepare me for what is down the road if I respond to it correctly. In light of that, I try to be thankful for what I can see as I have faith for the things that I cannot see. If I do not embrace the moments I do have, what makes me think I will embrace those moments I hope for?
We can view the future in one of two ways: with dread or with anticipation. I often do not want to know what lies ahead in the future because I delight in the mystery of it all. I look forward to the “random” people and opportunities that will seem to come out of nowhere because I know that Jesus is not limited to my social circles and resources. He has storehouses and networks of his own, and has promised to take care of me as I seek to give my life for his glory. It has become fun to see how he works things out because he is faithful and incredibly creative.
As I recognize that human life is simply chaotic, it is things like these that I am thankful for. I also have peace in the fact that as I write, I am living out the answers to yesterday’s questions, and that makes the chaos at least seem a bit more calm.