August 11 Inspiration

From the Desk of Vickie Doyle, Parish Visitor

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Recently, in the Wall Street Journal, I read an article on transition. Bruce Feiler writes, “Personal disruptions and transitions now come at us faster than ever before, but the right approach can turn them into opportunities for change and growth.” This article was based on a new book, Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age. It seems transition is a hot topic in our world today. The pandemic has hastened some transitions. Transitions are challenging my comfort zones and bringing new fears.

I have gone through several transitions on church staff and in my personal life. Some went very smoothly, and some did not. A simple definition of transition is passage from one stage to another. When I think of leadership transition, I always think of Moses and Joshua. Their story teaches us several things.

  1. God is involved in every detail.
  2. Communication is important to the process of transition.
  3. Our faith and trust in God are essential.
  4. We must prepare ourselves for the next stage in God’s plan.

As each of us move from the familiar to the unknown, we will need to trust God in new and exciting ways. As we close a chapter, let us look forward to what lies ahead in the new chapter. I have experienced some of those new chapters and I am excited!

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)