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Transition and Transformation

Transition and Transformation

The decision was made to drive down to the Sahara Desert for a few days. This was the last yearly outing for our homeschool coop group in North Africa, and we wanted to make it extra special.

On the last day of our outing, after four-wheeling and hiking under the scorching sun, we stopped at the bottom of a massive sand dune. The sun was slowly dipping into the west, and the sand was radiant with hues of yellow, pink, and orange. There, bathed in absolute silence, we began worshipping and praising God for the wonderful years we had spent together. We said goodbye to the past and began to dream about the future.

This was one of our most beautifully blessed transitions as my family and I said goodbye to the life and home we had known in North Africa for more than ten years.

Since our departure from the U.S. more than ten years ago, my family has experienced multiple transitions. Oftentimes, however, our transitions were born out of other people’s transitions. As dear friends moved away, we said our goodbyes and eventually welcomed others into our lives.

Other transitions stemmed from seeking God’s direction and led to a residential move or a professional one. Some were easy and eagerly anticipated, while others were remarkably painful.

As a person who does not like change, I have been known to argue fiercely against switching computer programs, moving furniture around the house, or changing travel plans.

Can you relate?

Yet, as I look back, I see that times of transition, especially those that felt most out of my control, are the times I have experienced the presence of God in a most intimate way.

Lynn Cowell writes, "Sometimes, God brings times of transition to create transformation.”

Transitions and change have made me the person I am today. I now travel light, I treasure all relationships and, above all else, I seek to trust God wholeheartedly as I patiently await next steps.

Once again I find myself in the midst of transition. Nine months ago, we packed up all our belongings and said goodbye to Tunisia. For now. Our two boys are experiencing a transition of their own as they become independent young men. As parents, we are learning to let go. I have resigned from my previous job, and I am exploring what God has in store for me now. Each step is a step of faith.

I have learned throughout the years that only God remains the same and is the only constant in every transition.

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." - Isaiah 43:19

About the Author: Freddie is an IDEAS Associate who has spent the past 10 years in Tunisia where she worked with vulnerable populations before stepping into the role of Director of Finance in-country and abroad. Enjoy other blogs by Freddie, such as Celebrating Christmas Around the World.