Each day is a transition from something old and worn to something new and fresh. Today is the first anniversary of my dad's transition from this world to being in the presence of his Father. As I commemorate the painful loss, I am also full of celebration for his reunion with his Saviour. As much as my family and I are transitioning into a life without Dad, we can't help but think about how joyful his year has been, and we look forward to the day we can celebrate with him once again.
Today is also the day I celebrate that my book, Don't Tell, is available to be purchased online. While this transition is an exciting new beginning for me, Joanie Brusseau, the protagonist of my story, is feeling a loss of freedom as she is transitioning to a life of being connected to a dialysis machine. But I know, that even so, God has so much purpose in store for her. He has proven it time and again, each time her life hung in the balance, that he was not finished with her story. I pray that God will give her the courage and strength to face this newest challenge in her life and not lose heart.
Some friends from the East coast choose to celebrate the last day of a birth year rather than a birth day. This is to be my husband's last day in his fifties as he turns the corner into a new decade. Another friend recently lost her mother, not long after having lost her husband. In God's most perfect timing, she begins a new job today as the Operations Director at our church. Whether they are good or bad, there are almost always difficulties intertwined with transitions. But scripture tells us not to lose heart as each day we are being renewed -- being transitioned.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. - 2 Corinthians 4:16
For you, yesterday may have been a day filled to the brim and overflowing with troubles. Perhaps you're in a pit of sorts and you've lost hope to see a way out. Might I encourage you to read 2 Corinthians 4:16 again, and trust that Jesus will renew you for today, and tomorrow, and the day after that. Ask him to provide a way out of your situation, just as he has for me on so many occasions. I too have often felt lost and hopeless, wishing for a complete end rather than a transition into anything else. Jesus has reassured me to not lose heart and has renewed me into the person I was meant to be. I was given strength to carry on, wisdom to chose a new way, and people were put before me who would help me. I was renewed day by day, until I could see hope.
A few days ago, God painted a sky, so beautiful and hopeful. The fiery sun's rays pushed through the transitions between the layers of dark, thick clouds to create a stunning display. The camera on my phone could not capture the grander of the skies -- it was breath-taking.
Do not lose hope. God holds each day and renews you for it.