His feet buckled as he reached for the knob of our front door. My heart pounded as I swallowed hard. No way was this actually happening.
I knew this day was coming.
I’m not sure he did.
As the yellow school bus veered around the corner, I grabbed his hand and looked into his whirling eyes. My baby was going to school for the first time.
He was leaving me.
Was I ready for this?
I thought I was prepared for this moment. I sat through the IEP meeting and pushed so incredibly hard for this specific school for our youngest child. We celebrated the day it was decided that he would indeed attend the auditory verbal classroom for students with hearing-loss. I talked with the bus route coordinator. I spoke with his teacher and assistant. I drove him to school myself the first few days. I had this under control.
Or so I thought.
We stepped outside and walked into the flashing beams of lights coming from the large school bus. My little guy screamed with joy as he climbed the bus steps like a “big boy.” I buckled him into the seat, exchanged phone numbers with the driver and reached back over to my little man for one last hug.
As I began to step away, bravely, my kiddo did something I didn’t see coming.
He pulled me back in.
Our kids rarely pull me back in anymore. All three are young adventurers and wisely take after their skydiving momma.
But he pulled me back in. I looked into his eyes and I saw fear. I couldn’t go with him on this adventure (oh believe me, I tried!). But this was his journey. I had to let him experience his story, his way.
Let go and let God. Uh huh. Easier said than done.
As I sang part of his song “Step By Step” quietly into his ear, I slowly began to pull away. I reminded him I would be right here, waiting for him to come home.
His lip quivered and I honestly had to look away. My momma heart sunk down as I begged my legs to carry the weight of my emotional exhaustion. I made it inside after the bus drove away to find myself melt into tears behind my closed bedroom door.
It’s hard to let go, isn’t it?
Transitions are hard, regardless what they look like.
Letting go of a child’s hand…
Moving to a new land…
Watching your baby drive away in his first car…
Going back top college to get a fresh start…
Finding a baby’s toy that isn’t needed anymore,
Placing a ring on a finger to love forevermore…
3 Key Questions To Help You THRIVE Through Change And Transition:
- Does this new role I am in define who I am?
- Does this new change redefine Who God says He is?
- Is God working through this transition?
I’ve started a new change in my quiet time this year. Instead of simply reading through the Bible, I’ve started listening to His Word, everyday. It becomes so incredibly personal – almost like a conversation. God remains constant throughout Adam and Eve, to Noah and Moses, to Saul and David, to Judas and Peter, to Stephen and Paul. The Bible is filled with changes and transitions.
Yet God never changes.
He isn’t caught off guard or ready to leave us.
No, our God is unchangeable, unstoppable and always present.
How are you doing in your transition today?
Perhaps it’s time to take your eyes off the constant transitions of life and stand on His Promises.
Replace my name with yours:
Bethany, your present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for you a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So Bethany, don’t look at the troubles you can see now; rather, fix your gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things you see now will soon be gone, but the things you cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT)
Bethany, you are My beloved and you will dwell in safety by Me; and I will cover you all the day long, and you will dwell between My shoulders. (Deuteronomy 33:12 KJVA)
Bethany, I the eternal God, am your refuge, and My everlasting arms are under you. I drive out the enemy before you; as I cry out, ‘Destroy them!’ (Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT)
Even before I made the world, I loved you Bethany, and chose you in Christ to be holy and without fault in My eyes. I decided in advance to adopt you into My family by bringing you to Myself through Jesus Christ. This is what I wanted to do, and it gives Me great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:4, 5 NLT)
I have so many more that I literally carry with me every single day. And the Promises grow with each step Abba and I take together. The world may shout change, but His Voice is louder. His promises are always true. His Word keeps me grounded, safe and never alone. It’s time to take Him at His Word if you want to thrive through this change. That’s right – we are making this personal.
Insert your name.
Say these passages out loud.
Save these passages in the places you need them the most.
Say these Promises until you believe them…and then say them even more.
Look for God in this season of change through the unfailing Promises of His Word.
Oh – for those wondering, my little guy absolutely LOVES the bus! The second morning he literally ran to board and give a fist bump to the bus driver.
And for me, well, I have so much to keep me focused and busy with coaching, speaking and writing. It’s almost like God timed this change quite perfectly.
If you are in the middle of a transition in your life and would like to discuss forming a coaching relationship, please send me a message
anytime. Your discovery session is completely optional and there is no pressure. In fact, I truly believe God leads just the right clients into my life at just His right time. I love how God works!
Dare to do more than just survive,
Stand out and THRIVE!
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