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Trusting God Beyond What I Can See - Darlene Lewis

Transitions are an inevitable part of life. Transitions can be both a blessing and drastic in nature. I am reminded of this knowing that I have been blessed with several amazing, yet life-changing transitions in the past few years.

Just recently, with much thought and prayer, I had to make decisions regarding my career, my family, and my mental health, knowing that yet more transitions were about to take place.

One thing that I have come to realize is that transitions equal change. Throughout life's ups and downs, my grandfather reminded me on several occasions that the only thing that is constant in life is change. I have never been one to be excited about change, but I know that to follow the Lord means sometimes being uncomfortable.

Hebrews 13: 8 (ESV) tells us that, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." I can rest in knowing that in the midst of constant change, our Savior remains the same.

I am in a season of transitions, receiving, and acceptance, all while trusting in God along the way in the midst of change. I know that He will never leave nor forsake me.

The very act of receiving is to accept what has given to you. This means focusing on God and trusting God beyond what you can only see in plain sight.

I am also reminded and comforted from Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) which tells us, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Acceptance in this season is being confident in the Lord, knowing that He is my strength, and accepting the new in this season of transition wherever the Lord leads.

Even though uncertainty attempts to creep in during moments of transition, this song provides tranquility:

Time is filled with swift transition.

Naught of earth unmoved can stand.

Build your hopes on things eternal.

Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Hold to His hand, God’s unchanging hand.

Hold to His hand, God’s unchanging hand.

Build your hopes on things eternal.

Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

"Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. LET YOUR GREATNESS BLOSSOM." - Nelson Mandela

Darlene is a native of Prichard, Alabama, and a resident of Mobile, Alabama. She is the wife of educator Jeremy Stradford. They are proud parents to their 18-month-old handsome son, Elias Joseph. Darlene is a 14-year educator currently serving in the role as a professional school counselor, and volunteers at several organizations within her community.



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