Everyone experiences transitions, but it seems like missionaries and their families experience a few more than normal. Our kids have heard about transitions more than they can count: by us, their parents, counselors, youth leaders, and teachers. They are definitely aware of them, but whether they are better at navigating them than the rest of us is still an outstanding question.

But these last few years seems to have been full of various transitions, an anomaly among our past years which were already full of transitions. Even if we have now been in the same location for a while, maybe you can relate.

And honestly, changes are hard.

I recently came across this quote in a presentation about transitions (because we’ve heard about transitions more times than we can count, but we still try to get better at them):

To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day
may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should be rather an expression
of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God.
Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with
surprises all the time.

Oswald Chambers

And that’s really it. In all this uncertainty, be certain of one thing: Be certain of God.

I don’t want to say that I’m particularly good at transitions, but one thing I’ve felt really helped get me and my family through all these recent transitions is this one fact. We are certain of God. He has been faithful, he is faithful, he will be faithful. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.