Do you ever feel that you are on the verge of a major transition in life? Courtney and I feel that way now. A lot of it has to do with our adoption and the strong likelihood that we'll be adding two more children to our family. However, we also feel that some of our 'current' life is going to come to an end.
I'll give you an example. When we got married and purchased our first house we prayed that God would allow us to have a home that was inviting, welcoming and a safe place for others. He's answered that prayer in greater ways then we ever imagined. The running joke for the last 4 1/2 years is that we operate the Himes Hotel. About 2/3 of the time we've been married we've had 1, 2 or 3 other people living with us (not counting Noah.) Some of them have been family, others friends or people that are just in need or transition. While at times this has been challenging and difficult, we would not have had it any other way. We view it as a ministry, opportunity to serve and love others.
We believe this part of our life is now coming to an end (I hear my neighbors cheering, this means fewer cars parked along the street :). Simply due to logistics we will not be able to have people stay with us on a long term basis. This is probably best as we raise a family and create a sense of normacly in our home. However, there is also some sadness as we transition away from this (at least until our kids start having sleep overs.)
Transitions are always difficult. Change is not easy. However, my heart is to embrace change and follow God where He leads. I've learned that a life lived for God will always be in a state of change as it keeps me in a state of constant dependence on Him (I think that's the way He likes it!)
How do you handle transitions in your life? Do you embrace them or resist?