Much of life is more of the same – second verse same as the first. But there are times in which we decide to head in a different direction or called to embark on a new journey and we know nothing will ever be the same again.
This happens, for example, when we leave home for the first time. While we might come back and visit, it’s no longer the same.
New jobs and ministry, marriage, parenthood, and the like are all milestones of life in which we are also forever changed.
We cross thresholds in which there is no returning. And there are often mixed feelings as we do.
Part of us is likely excited about what’s to come. While another part might still grieve what we’re leaving behind. The transitions of life are often bittersweet.
And the magnitude of these transitions can also weigh heavily on us – not in reluctance, but in profound greatness and importance. We know we’re being transformed, but we don’t know all that will be required of us.
Perhaps this is a type of holy fear – similar to falling into the hands of the living God. It’s not that we questioned its goodness, but there is a healthy and appropriate fear at the utter awe of what we’re entering into.
In the end, it’s good to give these moments pause and allow God to prepare our souls for the journey ahead. This keeps our eyes focused on him rather than rushing ahead in our own strength.
It’s true this journey will change you and you will never be the same again. But take courage and trust God will complete the good work he has started within you.