One of the most challenging things in life is being confronted with the need for change. Transition can be so difficult – yet it is common to us all.
The world is filled with disillusioned and broken people that did not understand the nature of transition and the changes that it brings. We all experience transition, but particularly as leaders, understanding the nature of transition is critical to us continuing to run this race with honour and a sense of destiny.
But God wasn’t finished with Peter; He was preparing him! As He was with all of the disciples at that time. And Jesus, knowing this, addresses it in John 16:21-22: “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
Jesus is speaking of the grief of travail as well as the joy of new birth. You may be pregnant with tomorrow’s potential; but for there to be a birthing of it there is always that uncomfortable transition, that brings us from the point of conception to the point of birth.
The tragedy is that there are always those who are robbed of the promise because they fear the struggle that that birthing will bring. When we shrink back from transition, we abort the process rather than face the need for change. Our desire for the familiar stops us embracing the season and consequently, we are not empowered by it and God’s intention is not realised.
When you reject the need for that transition, you reject the increase that that transition was destined to birth in your life. And when you mishandle that transition, you corrupt that birthing process and its intended result. Above all, remember that God intended that transition to empower you and your relationship with Him, whilst bringing forth the new day of promise.