“All things transition” has a double meaning as I write this. My first thought was a title signifying I’d write about all things transition.
Then the verbiage reminded me of a short walk I took with my youngest son last night. Observing our shadows forecasting a head of us, I saw his size compared to mine and felt simultaneously the comfort of his grown stature–yet also the loss of the little boy shadow–how time changes things, ever so quickly.
He led me by the freshly sold home of my daughter and her family. My grandsons grew up into their middle school/high school frames in that home. Their home a memorial to times past and lives well lived as their family takes on the future in a new and wonderful location, adventures awaiting from their newly built home.
On our walk between lulls in conversation many people and memories came to mind. Life is one big adventure, isn’t it? None of us know all the variables or the outcomes, we just do the adventure, often times only realizing in part we are indeed on the adventure of a lifetime.
Presently, for myself and so many others, transition seems to be the order of the day. It’s not always sneaky as it enters, instead it can be jolting and jarring, like an earthquake under our feet we watch the chandeliers swing, plates crash, rooms divide. Yet, people are geared to rebuild, restore, and remake anytime things crash. And in the crashing God can use compassion, mercies, support, and encouragement offered by fellow humans. I’ve sure experienced the likes.
And l fail if I forego mentioning the joys, thrills, and hope in adventures–especially if we keep our perspectives in line.
Are you like me? Are you feeling and experiencing uncomfortable changes, ones that shout new adventures, only to remind you that you are a risk-taker simply by living?
Yesterday my husband Jack and I met a young man on a big adventure. His name Timon, he flew from the Netherlands for an adventure open and subject to change, riding Alaska to Central and perhaps South America. Bold and confident his words all held wisdom of a sage spoken through the eyes and lips of a 26 year young man. I was captivated by his stories yet two miles down the road of comparison, I realized my life (your life) is such an adventure, especially launching into my new marriage and redefining my business and work, aligning on new paths and loosening my grip on some of the past.
Life is an adventure. It takes courage and requires risk-taking. Where are you right now and how might God be shifting some aspects of your life?
(Find Timon on his bike on WordPress and Facebook. )