Barbara Higby

Pressures Exchanged

Transitions, #3

tran·​si·​tion | noun | a passage, movement, or development from one state, place, or style to another

Transitions pull us away from what’s familiar and push us into new terrain. Released from past duties, we have time, energy, and new resources available. If we didn’t realize it before we embarked on this path, we quickly learn that what’s new is not always exciting, or easy—it’s just different.

A fresh place, a different pattern, an unfamiliar way of life, a new course of action, a personal challenge—adjusting, cramming, stressing, stretching, changing. We discover transitions exchange one set of pressures for another.

Since the early 1900s we’ve used the phrase learning curve to acknowledge that mastering something new is a process. The concept is universally accepted and yet, when we don’t adapt quickly, we become discouraged, pressured.

Add to the new learning curve traces of residual sorrow from the loss of our old routine, plus the discomfort of new territory, and we’re now on a steep learning curve.

If we’ve been using this term for more than a thousand years, you would think we’d cut ourselves some slack. Today, let’s do that.

Let’s give ourselves permission to remember life is a curve, sometimes an s-curve winding over hills and through valleys, not a straight line. Let’s allow ourselves time to grasp the unfamiliar subject, live in the new neighborhood, work at a different job, adjust to a newly single life, make room for an added family member, or appreciate the quiet of a recently empty nest.

It’s natural to feel discomfort and pressure, just don’t let fear make it worse. You can do this—and you’re not alone, as we’ll see next week.

  • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Pet. 5:7
  • Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.“Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Heb. 12:12-13
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov. 3:5-6
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