There are no warning signs in life, but sometimes I feel there should be. Especially caution signs. "Caution: your life is about to get crazy"; "caution: surprise immediately ahead"; and, as stated in the title of this post, "caution: big transitions ahead."
You would think I saw this coming. I knew we were moving out of our house and having renters move in. I knew we were moving in with my parents (and sisters and aunt). I knew we were flying to China for 17 days this month. I really did know all these things, yet, it seems I missed the fact that the next four to six months of our lives will be in perpetual transition. Transition in where we live, our jobs, our belongings - new culture, new lifestyle. You name it, it is probably changing. And all this just started to sink in. It's not that I am adverse to change. I like actually like change. It's the fact that we don't have a permanent "home", a place that just belongs to us. That's hard for me. What am I doing as a conscious effort to stay sane through this whole endeavor? Staying positive for one. But that can only get you so far, you know? And who has the energy to be positive all the time? Not me. So instead, I rest. Rest in knowing that Someone has it all under control. There is a purpose, one greater than our own. And when I rest in the knowledge of that promise I am filled with great peace. My cup overflows and I am cared for.
Friday we fly to China for a little over two weeks to see some friends, start the transition into our new jobs and where we will be living when we move in August, and do a little sight seeing. But until I am on that plane it won't feel real. And when that plane takes off and the realization that the next step in this long transition has occurred, I will stop, take a moment, and rest. Thankful that in the midst of all this chaos and craziness I have an 11 hour plane ride to just...rest.
How do you prepare for big transitions?