Why is transition so tough for so many? I mean, the fact of the matter is, whether it’s a good or bad transition, it’s never something that seems or feels easy. This morning I began to feel guilty after a moment of sadness came over me since transition will be taking place in the Padilla household soon. Funny thing is, I prayed for it, I believed God for it, and it’s here. It is a good transition and we know every good and perfect gift is from above, so why is this so tough? Then it hit me as I was in communion with God over a cup of coffee. TRANSITION is tough because it always involves CHANGE! Change can be hard! Change can be great! But one thing is for SURE, CHANGE is inevitable!
For the past few months, we have been preparing for my son, Jacob, to go to trade college. We’ve done ALL the legwork that’s involved in this process (and boy is it a lot), and it’s finally here! In 7 days he will be off to this next journey of his life. He will be leaving home to stay at his school’s housing and is beyond excited to start this new season of his life. God has answered my prayers! For some reason, with all that being said, I became deeply sad this morning and began to pray as every single memory between us flashed before my eyes. I had to come to terms with the fact that my son, my first baby, a piece of my very own heart, was leaving. I reflected on all of our past memories, including our seasons of struggles to our seasons of great success! I thought of our times alone and how we would engage in long conversations, as well as all the countless times we fooled around and just laughed and laughed.
I began to cry out to God and ask for HIS forgiveness, after all, HE answered my prayers and here I was crying. That’s when I felt it. HIS perfect peace that surpasses all peace. It was as if HE took me in HIS arms and comforted me HIMSELF. Guilt, sadness, and worry left me! I felt consumed with PEACE and pure JOY! With tears in my eyes I began to worship HIM! I can’t explain it, but it was as if I heard in my spirit confirmation that change was in fact difficult, however, HE wanted me to know,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to ME, and MY peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6
In closing, because transition involves change, we can understand that there is something to leave behind and something to look forward to! The NEW!! God’s word is clear on moving ahead in life. His word says,
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. – Philippians 3:12
If you or someone you know is going through a transition, whether it is a young person or parent, pray this prayer with me.
Father God, we come before you with a humble heart and thank you for today. You are worthy to be praised and honored. You are not a man that you should lie and we thank you this morning for all your promises and blessings upon our lives. We thank you specifically for the youth that are transitioning. We ask for Your divine hedge of protection upon their lives. As they transition in this season, Lord cover them, protect them, grant them favor, give them wisdom, knowledge, and keep Your word pressed in their hearts and minds alike.
Right now in the name of Jesus we cover them with Your blood! We come against every single lie, plan, or attack of the enemy upon their lives. We break every single generational curse, word curse, incantation, spell, and we call every plot and plan against them null and void in Jesus name. NO weapon formed against them shall prosper! Satan, you have NO power, NO authority over our young people and we stand in the gap with the POWER of the blood of Jesus to bind you and cast you out in the name of Jesus! We come against every mental battle over parents who have a youth right now in Jesus name. Every spirit of worry, anxiety, depression, sadness, and loneliness leave now in Jesus name.
We declare and decree our youth will walk in God’s divine transition for their lives. They shall find purpose in Jesus name. They will be the head, not the tail. We declare and decree right now that everywhere they walk will be blessed, and that God’s protection, blessings, favor, presence, spirit, and provision will be upon them. We declare and decree every parent reciting and reading this prayer will experience Your peace during the transition in Jesus name!
We thank You God for You never leave nor forsake us. We thank You for the transition and for the favor. Most of all, God, we thank you for Your PEACE! In Jesus Holy name we pray, AMEN!