Transitions lenses promise to move the wearer easily from intense sunlight to lower inside lighting levels, or the reverse. The lenses change shade to become protection from bright light, and quickly adapt to lower levels of lighting to become clear again. How quickly do you adjust between different “settings”? At times, my friends, my family members or I, myself, have struggled with changes in routines – transitions are hard, not easy. Other times, it’s easier to just roll-along with change and life transition quite easily. Sometimes, it’s even as if being naturally equipped with transition lenses.

Transitions sometimes are associated with major life changes (like new jobs, the birth of a child, or loss of a job) and other times the transition is minor (like seeing your child catch the school bus for the first time, or increased travel for work).

The song Closing Time by Semisonic captures an interesting perspective on transition, “Every new beginning starts from some other beginning's end.”

God has blessed us and provided the way in which we are equipped with lenses that help us transition between endings and beginnings... to give us a chance to see more clearly regardless of our current setting. Ecclesiastes 7:8-11 states 8Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart[a] of fools. 10Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. 11Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun.

Often we need reminders that the view from the middle does not provide clear vision. While sometimes difficult and sometimes easy, necessary endings are there to trigger a new beginning!

Sarah Thompson

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