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noun

  1. Change from one form, state, style, or place to another.
  2. a. Change from one subject to another in discourse.
    b. A word, phrase, sentence, or series of sentences connecting one part of a discourse to another.
  3. Music
    a. Change from one key or tonality to another.
    b. A passage connecting two themes or sections, usually changing to a new key or tonality.
  4. Genetics A point mutation in which a pyrimidine is replaced by another pyrimidine, or a purine is replaced by another purine.
  5. Sports The process of changing from defense to offense or offense to defense without a stoppage in play, as in basketball or hockey.
  6. A period during childbirth that precedes the expulsive phase of labor, characterized by strong uterine contractions and nearly complete cervical dilation.

It seems the more experience I have, and the more self aware I am of my internal state and the corresponding external actions, the more I recoginize how frequently I am reacting to and anticipating change. The actual change seems irrelevant:  a woman moving in, a woman moving out, routine change from school to summer days, work role and responsibilities, co-worker coming or going, a suddenly in someone's life ... the list goes on. My internal markers: heightened frustration, restlessness, irritability, removing opportunities for connection...my protections when I start to "move from defense to offense or offense to defense."  However, the reality is that my responses come from one side yet no one experiences transition and change in isolation. It works best when I take these internal markers of coming change and begin to include others.  Ask the hard questions about what's next. Have a direct conversation about how I feel and what I am anticipating, and really slow down to listen internally and externally. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in me and in the others involved, and choose to trust that change can be experienced as good, positive and life giving.  Choose to believe that transition can be used for building bridges where needed and removing old paths that are no longer fruitful. 

We walk through constant change and transition...internally, externally, phsycially, emotionally and spiritually, and every change, every transition is an opportunity to put trust and faith into action.  It always circles back to what am I willing to put into practice that I promote, champion and teach to othersWill I allow change to move me from one place to another?  Will I stop and listen to the leading of the Spirit for my position in offense or defense?  Will I join into this transition and see it as a connecting point rather than an uncontrollable, unavoidable obstacle?

Daniel 2:20-22 (CJB)

20 in these words:

“Blessed be the name of God
from eternity past to eternity future!
For wisdom and power are his alone;
21 he brings the changes of seasons and times;
he installs and deposes kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those with discernment.
22 He reveals deep and secret things;
he knows what lies in the darkness;
and light dwells with him.

May you trust in the wisdom from God!  May you have discernment when the signs of change are ahead! 

May you be able to be still and quiet in order to receive the deep and secret things!