Transitions happen every day. You transition from sitting to standing, from walking to running, from love to hate. Transitions are part of life, part of the proverbial transcending presence of time. One who lives without transition, has transitioned as they (or it, as transition is applicable to all life forms) cease to exist. But what would life be like if we didn’t have transition? From Winter to Spring, from Summer to Fall all interwovened to the beautification of life as seen during the seasons. From the extreme seasonal sedulous shift, year after year, we live our transitions.
What would life be like without transition? In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 the Bible clearly states that life is all about transition:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Wow, imagine that, a time for everything under the sun meaning that nothing’s new, everything has repeated itself. Transitions are timelines that we write without planning or knowing. I pondered, at this moment what season of life it is that you might be in ? Where are you transitioning from and what are you transitioning to?
What if transition ceased, and you just continue to exist, imagine life being in a lifeless form; imagine the transcending; descending issues of life that would keep you somewhat encapsulated into a ball of nothingness, what does that life look like? You probably think that if you could hold a certain space and time that was the most dramatic moment, or the best memory of your experiences, those times that you don’t want to ever end would make life grand. It all sounds fantastic, but imagine living in that state as we are a people looking for reactive, spark filled lives, we would eventually find life boring. Just saying as it is my belief that we have to learn to appreciate the deficit’s of life in order to welcome and cherish the moments of increase or joy in our lives.
Imagine if life was like a ferris wheel and it continued to spin or turn and you couldn’t get off; it was just a continuation of the same scenes over and over and over again. You would be so nauseated from the journey that you would plead for it to stop. Although I think that you would want certain things to stop; like wanting the hurt to stop; you want the pain to stop; you want the financial deficits to stop; there are many things that I can imagine that one will want to stop, but yet I believe that maybe, just maybe some of those things are positioned that we may be strengthened; that we may be appreciative; that we may be humbled. I’m not real sure on how life would exist without transition, but I am sure that without the transitions life would not exist as it does now.
If you take time and think about it life is in contrast. Life gives you the reciprocation of what you are experiencing. If you are happy, for example, you wouldn’t know that you were happy, unless you knew what sad was; if you have pain you wouldn’t know what pain feels like unless you had experienced life without it; if you never knew love you wouldn’t be able to understand or identify when it wasn’t present because you never experienced it, right? You identify with that which you have experienced. Transitions.
I’m a firm believer that as we mature, as we get older, we get wiser (or should), we get understanding. There are things that I can honestly say that I have learned through life and if it had not been for the experience, the past lessons, seeing life for all its growth moments, I may not be the person I have become.
My closing thoughts on this blog today is to hopefully impart something that’s going to open your hearts to receive understanding that transitions are the shadowed steps of life, beautifully and creatively positioning us in purpose, building our Faith with each transition.
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