What Transition Does to You

It’s been a few weeks of silence in this space here. The summer holidays are a slow time and sometimes you have to take a break.

BUT: I have been working on my writing, in a different form. More exciting news on that will come soon!

They’re always the same questions: 

What’s up with you?

Any news?

Any major breakthrough lately?

I have become tired of giving the same dissatisfied answer time and time again. 

No, nothing.

I’m in the process of moving to a different city for a job, and yet I’m not. Apartment hunting is more difficult and exhausting than expected and many days I’m just frustrated. 

I’m in the middle of starting a new chapter of my life, and yet I’m not. My next steps are not clearly mapped out yet, so it’s quite hard to say goodbye and move on.

I’m still rediscovering why I believe what I believe, and yet I’m not. Often I just walk on shaky ground and the more questions I ask, the less answers I find.

Leaving a place, people or beliefs behind without a clear destination is pretty hard. It seems to be in the human nature that we want to know where we’re going. 

But life doesn’t work that way. 

Most of the time we have no idea where we’re going, the path in front of us is blurred and all we see are shadows in the distance.

And yet, we have no choice but to walk forward. Life is meant to be lived and not be regretted in retrospect.

All we got is trust. 

Trust in a second chance every morning.

Trust in an ever faithful travel companion. Trust in the bigger picture with an eternal destination.

Let’s move forward. Let’s stumble, crawl or run. Let’s cling to life and whatever it has to offer. 


Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

10 thoughts on “What Transition Does to You”

  1. I hear ya, Katha. That transition time is terrible, especially if your nature is that of a “nester.” It’s hard to truly live when the nest is unsettled. I’ve often found myself complaining about how much I hate change and not wanting to move one more time. It’s in those times that I remember my least favourite verse in the Bible (yes, I said least favourite).
    Hebrews 11:8-9 says, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents….”

    But then I encourage myself that “If Abraham can do it, I can too!” He even made it into the Hebrews hall-of-fame. And when I surrender to the process, it makes the transition easier.
    I pray that God will grace you in this season!
    Shauna (#18 today at FMF)

  2. So good to see you!

    The path doesn’t matter. The person does. And I believe in you.

    What’s new here? Not much, except that I’ve decided to go to the Olympics in Tokyo in four years…and not as a spectator.

    I can barely walk, and there are other things (like, I’m supposed to die this year) that make that declaration sound idiotic in the extreme.

    But we serve a God of miracles. Time for Him to pony up. I was a decathalete, once…and, far too late, I will be again. He made the world in a week. He’s got four years to get me fit and fleet of foot.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/09/your-dying-spouse-201-send-me-fmf.html

  3. THIS: “Let’s move forward. Let’s stumble, crawl or run. Let’s cling to life and whatever it has to offer.” Yes! I’m in the 40 spot this week.

  4. I know what you mean. We are trying to move house, and yet the process of getting ready has been incredibly slow. Now we may not even be able to, but we also really can’t stay. It’s so hard sometimes when the process is difficult and uncertain.

  5. Hey! What a timely post. It’s like you put all of what we have been feeling into words. Transition is so difficult, the inbetweens can be so daunting and frustrating. I am learning to find God in those spaces, where life happens while we are waiting for life to happen. There is beauty in the moments between, like the distinct natures of Autumn and Spring. There is colour in the letting go of what was, like the fall of amber and crimson leaves, and fragrance in the budding of the new. I pray that you will continue to find beauty in the inbetweens.
    Thank you Katha.

    1. “Life is what happens while we’re waiting for life to happen” – how wonderfully said! I absolutely agree, even though it’s so hard to really live that out.
      I wish you that right perspective while you’re waiting and transitioning!

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