Transition: Embrace the New
Yesterday I woke up in the middle of the night, as it usually happens, and I started to think about all the things that we go through in our lives and how life is really just one big transition. And this is what I thought: “In a transition you have to embrace the new as much as you have to let go of the old.”
I like to watch nature videos (I’ve always liked to study the sciences) and it is interesting to notice that all nature is in constant transition. But for us transitions are not necessarily an easy thing. We tend to get stuck in the way we see and react to people, our surroundings, and our circumstances.
Especially, we tend to get stuck in a way of thinking about ourselves and other people. And because of that we are always keeping others in a box of how we knew them in the past. At the same time, we also do that to ourselves. We tend to carry things of the past that were part of our learning experiences, growing and trying things, and whether right or wrong we were in a transition at the time and that is no longer who we are and who others are.
But if life is a big and long transition, we cannot be holding on to what was yesterday otherwise we will never know today or tomorrow. It is interesting to watch the transformation process of the butterfly; if you would say in the middle of the process that you know what a butterfly is, you would be totally wrong!!
Two verses of the scripture come to mind:
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. (1 John 3:2, NAS)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, NAS)