Adjusting To The New
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 NLT
One of the most beautiful parts of summer is the “newness” that it brings. New adventures, new friends, new love, new jobs, new cities, etc.
People everywhere get so excited when discussing their new jobs or the new city they’re relocating to. We see pictures across our timelines and down our feeds of those we follow doing new things, and if it’s our time, we’re a part of the “newness” as well.
But what about after the transition has been made? What’s happening internally with us and other as we experience and embark on new journeys in our lives? We don’t always see the period between “newness” and adjusted too often.
First comes to shock to our systems. For days, weeks, and maybe even years, we’ve planned and done all the steps to prepare us for this new journey. We hustled harder, pushed passed fears of unworthiness, and made the decision to finally cross the line into something different. Once all of that is done and we’re finally in our “newness”, it seems as if the excitement for it is over. We put so much of ourselves into the build-up. Now that it’s here, we aren’t quite sure what to do.
Next, we understand that our normal is gone. What was once our place of comfort is now in another part of our life. Our way of doing things changes. Our way of thinking changes. Who we are changes... and it can be terrifying. We aren’t able to fall into old patterns and comfort zones because we chose something new and different. Now we have to find our way again, and it’s not always easy.
Last, we have to deal with what we lost. I don’t say this to be a Debbie downer. We rejoice in what’s new and the new things that God is doing in our lives. But that doesn’t take away from what we lost and made a decision to leave behind. If we’re entering into a new relationships, we’re leaving behind our single, free-to-roam-about-the-country lifestyle for companionship. If it’s a new job, we’re leaving behind the comforts of our co-workers, familiarity, and the ability to get away with a few things because we knew how the system worked. The good things of the new will always outweigh the things we’ve lost, otherwise, we would’ve stayed where we were. But that doesn’t mean it won’t sting a little bit when it’s time to say goodbye.
If you’re like me, in the midst of transitioning to the “newness”, you’ve experiences these moments once a day, if not more than that. With transition comes growth, and with growth comes greatness. But growth means leaving some things behind. Growth means stepping out of our comfort zones to experiences things we’ve never done before to live a life we’ve never lived before. Growth means going through those moments when you realize “Oh Lord, I’m really doing this thing!”
Yes you are... and in a few months, when the shock wears off and you’ve found your groove, you’ll look back and see the beauty of the new path you’ve began to take.
Keep. Moving. Forward.
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