Change is never comfortable. Sometimes it can be downright painful! But it’s part of life, and at times the will of God.
Change can manifest in different areas of our lives and when it comes, we are not sure how or the best way to respond. Relationships, such as marriage or divorce; Emotions, such as death or birth; Career, as in promotion or retirement and Spiritual Growth – it’s all there. We find ourselves going through phases, a shift, growth – a transition.
Are you in transition from your purpose to your vision?
What is vision? “It is the big picture of what God says is possible for your life.”
Here are 6 key ways to know if you’re in a transition. A vision transition.
1. An Inner Restlessness
When you’re in transition, especially at the beginning stage, life may feel as if it’s in limbo.
There is discomfort and discontent. Not physical discomfort, but emotional and spiritual discomfort. Your old self seems to be disappearing. The things you once did you don’t enjoy as much anymore. The people you associated with, you’ve withdrawn or don’t seek their counsel any more. And the spiritual walk you had before – or lack of – doesn’t seem to be enough. You find yourself seeking a change, but what sort of change you can’t describe. Something is off, but you don’t quite know what it is. You don’t feel like “you” and you’re desperately trying to figure it out.
2. A Desire For a Deeper Relationship With God
The word relationship means having a connection, association or involvement. Have a personal one means having a deeper, one-on-one connection, association or involvement.
When your mind is a-twitter and you can’t seem to put your finger on what’s out of place in your life. When you start experiencing feelings of discontent and life feels meaningless, then you start searching for answers and comfort, encouragement. You go to the one whom you know has the answers; God.
A relationship starts to build and you have a desire to know and learn more about Him. In this stage you may start attending church services regularly, or find yourself in the Bible more often. You start growing and God starts to speak to you in your own way. His Spirit is there cocooning you as you grow.
The more you seek after Him, the more you grow. Your faith grows and His desires for your life are revealed.
3. The Soul Searching
Soul searching, it sounds so deep and serious! But it’s really a good time. In this stage you’re asking questions. Questions like, “God, what is your plan for my life? What is my purpose? Why am I here on earth?” You start to look deep within yourself, searching for clues as to who the real you is and how to live this real person fully and authentically.
You develop a desire to please God and you start asking and wondering how you can live a life that is on purpose with Him at the center of what you do.
You consider serious changes to your life, career, family and finances. There is a lot of introspection and examination. You may consider the ultimate question of “If I could do one thing for the rest of my life and not have to worry about finances or time, what would it be?” God reveals even more of what He has for you and your purpose, the ultimate reason you are here on earth is ignited.
4. Quest for knowledge and understanding
Clarification, direction, purpose, reason; these are all information you are in search of. This stage usually consists of individuals wanting and seeking more knowledge and understanding.
It involves a lot of digging deep and doing some research and examination. You learn things about yourself in this phase that you didn’t know about. Things you’re glad you learned and others you would have preferred to not acknowledge.
Some call it a wilderness experience. Some may say it’s a breaking experience; however, both are due to the purging, cleansing, improving and repenting that happen in this stage.
You seek guidance and direction from individuals that can assist in getting clarity and direction in life; individuals such as Life Coaches, pastors or business leaders.
Seminars, workshops or conferences that will empower and guide you, are usually prevalent during this stage. You research and follow others that you feel can speak into your life through their sermon, classes, speeches, or books. You read, you listen, and you apply. A change starts to happen. You can feel it and others can see it.
You invest in yourself. You don’t mind spending money on the resources that will help you to grow and move into a more fulfilling life in Christ. You start to flex your wings and test what you’ve accomplished so far.
5. Ready, Set …No, wait, I think I’m stuck!
The most challenging phase! In this stage you’re ready to walk into what God says is yours. You’re ready to do what God has asked you to do, or place in your heart.
You want to get out there because it’s been simmering within you for so long. You want to do His will, but you don’t quite know how. In this stage you may have to learn new skills, change a mindset, move to another state, get rid of some friends or take big steps.
Defeating qualities such as fear, doubt, or insecurity begins to raise their ugly heads. You struggle to move from the idea, the mandate, to the actual progression and manifestation of what you know is possible for your life. In essence, sometimes the individual becomes stuck. Not because of a lack of desire, but because of a lack of faith. The foothold of fear is refusing to let go.
6. A Walk of Faith
This stage is the best one! I call it the “okay God, I don’t know how, but I’m doing it anyway” stage. In this stage you have moved beyond the fear and doubts and other hindrances and is actually doing God’s vision for your life.
You literally depend on God to lead you and guide you in your vision walk. You go to Him and wait for Him to answer before you move.
Your study of the word is deeper, your faith is stronger and you not only know the word for yourself but your authority in things of your vision is on point. You are speaking those things that are as they should be and you have no
Doors start to open. Favor and blessings are manifested and individuals are drawn to you in bringing the vision into reality.
You are bold and confident with no apologies in what is happening in your life and where God is taking you.
These stages are not set in stone but are a guide for the person moving from purpose to walking, doing and living their God ordained vision.
Transition is an ever-changing and learning process. There are different levels in any stage and it can take an individual several weeks to several months or perhaps year, to go thru the refining process that God has for them.
As long as we keep God in the fore front and understand that He has already laid the plans he has for our lives then as we walk through the path of life, we can place our faith in the fact that He’s got us in His righteous right hand.
©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana