From May 2015 to May 2016 the word for this season is TRANSITION!
Yes, in all caps! Here’s a glimpse why. In May, 2015 our youngest child, a son, turned 15 and got his driver’s permit…our son, 15…need I say more. Then on July 12, 2015 I turned the once dreaded now embraced 40 years of age. A few months later our first born, a daughter, applied to her college of choice and was accepted which has now begun the hunt for scholarships. Fast-forward into the rapidly coming new year of 2016 we will transition into having one more teenage driver and our first high school graduate who will then be a college freshman. TRANSITION!
During transition is God still providing? If so, how is He providing?
God’s word is always perfect and timely…but am I always listening…to be honest, nope. But while reading in Joshua one morning several verses were highlighted to me and I realized it’s a new season for this woman and sometimes new seasons call for new “manna” or provisions!
“The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.” ??
– Joshua? ?5:11-12? ?NIV??????
The Israelites transitioned from eating the manna God had provided each morning to eating directly from the land of Canaan. The same God who gave manna for nourishment also provided the produce from the land, which immediately became their physical nourishment. Can you see their confusion when the manna didn’t come? Can you picture their excitement of possibly trying all new flavors and experiencing new textures of food? Did they go through the stages of transition all at once; the ending stage, the confusion stage and the having something new stage?
The transitions each Israelite experienced in the promise land brought a new and different way of receiving provision and nourishment. The provision changed but the One who gave the provision did not change!
While going through all the transitions we face in life, there is a great comfort in knowing God continues to provide. I’ve learned in the last several months’ things in my life will change. Personally for me the changes are; gaining another teenage driver, first born graduating and entering a new season in her life, myself moving into a new age bracket and wondering if I’m where I’m suppose to be. What I have learned is the importance of knowing that through all life’s transitions God is still providing everything I need, just maybe in a different way!
Father God thank you for provision! Perfect, on-time, incomparable provision! Oh how I love you and see your perfect love for me in every provision you create! I am aware that transitions will come in life! I understand that when I see my life changing your provisions for me might change also, but they will not cease. I ask you Holy Spirit to help me see the new ways I am provided for. I know you love me, accept me, and are providing for me! In Jesus Name I believe, Amen!
Written By: Carlie Venkler
Friends call me Carlie, my husband calls me Sweetie and our children call me Mom. I enjoy sharing God's precious words with others through blogs and journaling. If you enjoyed this devotion feel free to read more at carlievenkler.wordpress.com