Today has been day one of a two day stay at a cabin off Lake Texoma with the family. It’s a large man-made lake and rests between the Texas and Oklahoma border. Our cabin is rustic, but comfortable, and is perfectly located near the lake. The Mrs. was needing time away and came across the opportunity from a friend of hers at a great price.
Earlier today, after eating lunch at the local marina, we drove around a bit eventually crossing over the lake by bridge. On the way over bridge, I couldn’t help but think about how we were leaving one state and entering another. The bridge was a narrow, two-lane road spattered with filled-in pot holes making the trip over the water somewhat bumpy. The bridge above isn't that bridge, but is another bridge that crosses over the Texas and Oklahoma border.
Having lived in Oklahoma for six years, I felt somewhat at home seeing that state welcome sign, yet, the need to get back over the bridge to Texas was pulling at me immediately. I’m not sure why either. I wasn’t any safer on that side. I wasn’t in any danger. Yet, the sudden desire to return was coming from a need of safety and security.
The experience reminded me of how we face transitions in life. The security of a job, family circle, home, or town can change, unexpectedly, at a moment’s notice. Sometimes, it’s just the natural path of life. When change does come, making that transition can be challenging. The path may be filled with pot holes and narrow with no way to turn around. It may be over dangerous waters. Once we make it through, we may not feel the same security we felt on the other side. We may just want to turn around and go right back.
The truth is, life brings transitions to us every day. Unless we’re living in a cave, it’s guaranteed that we’ll face them sooner or later. Change can be difficult, especially when it’s not expected. How do we adapt to that change? What do we do when it comes unexpectedly? What will life look like on the other side?
Earlier in my career, one of my managers gave us all a book called, ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson. He wrote the book to help people adapt to change when it comes. It’s a very effective book for people in the corporate world who must deal with job transitions, company lay-offs, and just the nature of the marketplace forcing us to continually learn new things. It also is a great book to help adapt to life changes in general.
Whether it’s through a book, a friend or family member, or maybe even a stranger, there are others who can help us through that transition, if we ask. Asking, at least for me, has been one of the most difficult things to do because I’ve always been somewhat of a loner. Even so, I can look back and see the times I’ve gone through transitions and, whether I asked or not, there was always someone there to help me through it.
If you’re going through a difficult transition today, be encouraged. There is an end to that narrow, bumpy road over troubled waters. When you get to the other side, you may find that you are in a better place. Even though you may find yourself doing something completely different than you were before, and it may just be the best thing that could have happened to you.
Tonight, I’ll leave you with a link to a good overview video for Who Moved My Cheese below. It’s worth watching if you’re going through a transition today. Most of all, remember that God is with you and when you ask for His help, He will be there by your side. No matter how rough the transition may seem, He will be there to help you through it.