Transition Into Peace, by Tabitha Shumate

Transitioning into the unknown. This is what it felt like, graduating with my master’s degree this past May. I’ve been through several different types of transitions, but this one was the most different and felt very unfamiliar, which also caused unfamiliar insecurities to come forward. When insecurity comes, we normally have experienced them before, especially if it’s a stubborn one that may be generations old. Sometimes, the unfamiliar insecurities are the hardest ones to go through, due to not knowing, which felt a little scary. God’s word is faithful and true–that when you call on Him, He will answer you, and since He said He will set the captives free, He will. Trusting in the Lord took on another meaning that only this experience would have provided. I’ve learned there is meaning behind how we trust in the Lord, because how we perceive meaning normally dictates how long and how far the Lord can take you in trusting Him, and it also explains how you perceive yourself within your own identity.

For me, it meant getting to that place in my heart, where His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt.11:30). It meant praying through and pressing through until peace came. Through this process, the Lord reminded me that He loves it when we call on him. Isaiah 65:1 says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help.  I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, “Here I am, here I am!” to a nation that did not call on my name.” Not only does the Lord love us, He loves to be loved. We aren’t bothering Him, when we call on Him. He gets excited when we call on Him. It’s what we were created for–to love and be loved by God.  

Another important life lesson, which transition allowed me to experience, is in the place of abiding. He reminded me of John 15:7, which says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask whatever you want and it will be granted.” Just staying in this place in my heart has provided peace that reality challenges me not to have. If you’re in a place of difficult transition, let Him love you through it. There may be something He wants to show you that you’ve never seen before.