Something bigger is on the other side of this
I didn’t want to move away from home when my husband Kenya and I left Buffalo to relocate to Delaware over 10 years ago. But when he landed a job at a college in the Tristate region, I wanted to support his efforts to advance his career and sustain our family financially.
The move was hard. We already had three children and one on the way. Attempting to pack up our home and set up a new one was no easy feat, but we did it together with the help of family and friends.
I said goodbye to my parents, sisters and faith community. It was an emotional season for me and a big adjustment—even bigger than I could have imagined. Although starting completely over was not my preference and I cried a lot, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It matured me and taught me to lean on God more than the village of family and community support I had built up over the years.
During that season of isolation and transition, God birthed this very blog you’re reading, which I have now been writing for 11 years. He also gave me the courage to branch out into entrepreneurship in greater ways and do things I never thought I could. While I was busy crying over the shift I perceived as negative, God was using my discomfort to accomplish His work through me. Today, I look back on that time and say, thank You Lord. That was good for me.
Friend, sometimes God will allow you to go through a set of circumstances you don’t prefer. Some transitional phases will make you feel unhappy. Everything in you will desire to see things go back to normal or get better. But if you hang in there through this transition, you will see that something bigger and better is on the other side of this.
Earlier, I was reading about the ministry work of the Apostle Paul in Acts 19. I love the book of Acts so much. For two whole years, God had Paul preaching in the same place: the hall of Tyrannus in Ephesus. He was obedient to that ministry assignment and was so effective in that region that the Bible says, “all of the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.”
His efforts were a huge success!
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, too. When handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Demons were cast out. Individuals who had been following false gods and performing sorcery stopped and believed in Jesus Christ. A mighty work was being done.
But, before this great two-year revival and spiritual awakening happened in Ephesus, Paul had been in a synagogue preaching for three months (Acts 19:8). While there, he was met with great opposition. A faction of detractors refused to believe the Gospel and began ridiculing followers of Christ, who, at that time, were simply known as “The Way.”
Though Paul tried to make it work there, he couldn’t. It was necessary to shift gears. In order for the work of the Kingdom to go forth, he needed to transition. And when he made the change, amazing things happened. The Gospel reached more people and God was glorified.
Friend, listen. If you are going through lots of changes—whether they are good or bad—God is up to something good. He wants to do more and bigger things for you. This transition is necessary. This shift will benefit you. This turn of events, though it might not feel like it at the moment, will produce an amazing outcome. There are some blessings you can’t receive without changing your location. There are some breakthroughs you can’t access with certain people attached to you. There are some doors you can’t walk through without traveling down dark, winding roads.
In the tough times, don’t abandon your faith. When your life is shipwrecked and you’re staying afloat on broken pieces, don’t give up. The Lord will bring you safely through this transition and put things back together again. He will bring you into a place of greater blessing, fruitfulness and favor.
Something bigger is on the other side of this.
You will see progress where you were once stagnant. You will see increase where you were once lacking. You will see opportunities where there once weren’t any. You will see victory where there was once only defeat. There’s more to this than meets the eye. In due season, you will see that even when you couldn’t see, God was setting you up for bigger.
God is not through with you yet. To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Philippians 1:6 NASB into your cup of inspiration, which says, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, expect the Lord’s good work to continue in your life. He won’t stop blessing you. He won’t stop increasing you. He won’t stop showing up for you. He will see to it that every promise He has ever made will be fulfilled and His Kingdom purpose for your life will be fully realized.
Be encouraged. Greater is on the way. Something bigger is on the other side of this.
Now let’s pray.
God, my season of transition is hard. Life feels like a winding road some days and I can’t see which direction you’re taking me. Yet, I trust that this path You have me on is leading to greater. I believe You have a good plan to help me and not to harm me, to give me a hope and a future as Jeremiah 29:11 promises. So I will stand in faith and continue to follow You with great expectation that my breakthrough is on the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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