Understanding Seasons of Transition

Numbers have symbolic meaning in the Bible. Since it is now 2011, I researched the biblical significance of the number eleven and here’s what I found:

11 = transition. You know, that place in between here and there? You’ve left one place but not yet arrived at the next? It also represents disorder, disorganization and disintegration. These certainly don’t sound pleasant, but nonetheless, they are guaranteed byproducts of transition. Unless you plan on staying exactly the same for the rest of your life, these things cannot be avoided. SO STOP TRYING TO AVOID THEM!

I’m learning that God never lets us get too comfortable! lol…. what I mean is just when we think we have “settled in” and adjusted to the last “transition”, here comes more transition to take us to the NEXT level. THIS IS GOOD! But it doesn’t always feel good. It comes with its own set of challenges. The time in between here and there can definitely be disorderly and disorganized, but I’m not sure about that other descriptive word I mentioned above: DISINTEGRATION. What’s that all about?

The actual definition of disintegration is: to break or separate into basic elements or parts; to undergo a change in composition. Ahhhh! This is what needs to happen to our flesh during transition! So disintegration (aka: dying to self) is necessary so we can be prepared to enter the next level.

Transition does this:

  • Keeps us in a position where we MUST TRUST GOD
  • Causes us to GROW & MATURE so we are able to maintain once we reach that new level
  • Gives us the opportunity to PREACH CHRIST through our circumstances

And that is the goal: to PREACH CHRIST through your transition. Yes, it may look disorderly and disorganized as your flesh disintegrates… and some may say you must be “out of order” somewhere in your life or it would be smooth sailing. But the bottom line is that persecution will also come as you transition toward that next level.

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Phil 1:12-18

I am praying for you, friends, to find peace in the midst of your transition, knowing your God is with you wherever you go! Meanwhile, let not your hope be deferred, but worship Him with gratitude and thanksgiving right in the middle of your current “nowhere-land.”

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov 13:12

The LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. Deut 31:3

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11

About Mary L'Esperance Held

2 Responses to Understanding Seasons of Transition

  1. Latwanuia says:

    I’m excited about this!!!

  2. Aziza Bailey says:

    I am most certainly undergoing a change in composition… great timing, Mary!!!

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