Transitions in Life
by Danyiele Faul
I am currently in the process of planning my wedding. As I think about how many people around me are in a “transition” period in life, myself included, I am reminded over and over how constant our Savior is. Whether it would be going from single to married, a new job, or a change you didn’t expect, transitions are all around us! Most of the time, we like it that way. Transitions can be difficult, exciting, sad, promising, wonderful, or not what we wanted at all. The point is, that during a time like this, our mind tends to zero in on the transition and our feeling about it. We may or may not see the end goal, but it definitely consumes a large part of our thoughts.
I believe that God gives us the transitions not to add more to our plates, but to help us to grow in Him, increase our faith, and show us how faithful and constant He is.
So what does this have to do with worship? Think about it! Worship is what we devote our heart, affection, attention, and energy to. Maybe you aren’t like me, but when there are so many things pulling my strength, affection, and attention in 10 different directions, it is hard to keep my focus on the One who is The Constant. Here lies what God really wants to show us in this time: our HEARTS in the midst of it all.
Jesus is calling us to be more like Him and reflect the constant devotion He has toward us. As I have been reflecting on Psalm 71 this past week, He has shown me a key part in keeping my focus on my Savior: PRAISE. It seems simple enough, but do we really put it into practice? In Psalm 71:8 it says, “My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.“ How can I declare His splendor all day long if my mind is on every other detail of life?
Also, in Psalm 71:14-15, “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.” I will always have hope, and praise Him more and more because I know that He has redeemed me. “My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I, whom you have redeemed.” (Psalm 71:23). My focus immediately turns to the Lord for who He is and what He has done. It no longer stays on my own thoughts and myself.
It’s not so much about the transition or what we are going through in life, it is about the object of our focus and how HE directs our thoughts, WHILE we are going through something. Let us not get caught up in our thoughts and feelings about how everything is going to work out. Let’s INSTEAD focus our worship and praise on Him and see what He does with our hearts in the midst of all the chaos.