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Traversing Chapters

The close of one chapter and the beginning of a new one can be marked by achievement and expectation. However, those are not the only transitions we encounter in life. In adulthood, there have been some exciting and warm transitions of graduation, career advancements, relocations, marriage, and the addition of children. However, there have also been the ending of chapters that have been inundated with trial, stress, and plot changes that have pushed me toward abrupt and unpredicted conclusions. As the dust of commotion and relational tension settles, the only viable option that makes sense is moving away from the implosion of realities and establishing a plot or purpose in another frame of mind, another season, another chapter. The turmoil and, conversely, the peace that can come with ending a chapter and the beginning of another are housed in our perception and shaped by our belief and trust in God.

Acknowledging God as the author and finisher of my faith and believing (Hebrews 12:2) what He has begun in me He would finish keeps me moving from chapter to chapter, no matter the closure, with hope and expectation of God's grace. The new chapter may start with new settings, characters, and challenges, yet the presence and love of God are constant. His consistency and faithfulness feed my peace, comfort, and joy from chapter to chapter, no matter how abrupt or hectic the transition. I build on the fact that He will work it out for my good, and as I wait for that good, I know my role. I am to diligently and wisely apply the principles and skills His word teaches.

I pray in this chapter and the next; you invite God to orchestrate your path as you navigate this season's highs, lows, and plot twists. May you find peace, comfort, and joy because He cares and will never leave you alone.

Matt 11:28-29 "Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls."

Romans 8:28 " And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."

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May 20, 2023

Some say I ought to tire

of all these fell transitions

from frying pan to fire,

get down to prayerful visions,

and tell God that I need a break,

not just another tumour,

and that it might well be mistake

to take things with a sense of humour,

for God may think I am OK

with whatever this life brings,

and that He may turn away

to attend to other things,

but I'm sure that ain't how all this works,

for if so the Big Three would be jerks.

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