Entering one phase of life to another can be daunting. My thirteen year old granddaughter is struggling with this now as she hangs on to her childhood years while wanting to be grown up. Suddenly you’re expected to shed off the things of yesterday and become a different person.
When we pass from childhood into young adulthood, we’re told to toss aside the things that occupied our lives for over a decade. The Legos, puzzles, baby dolls and Barbies are put into garage sales and expected to be erased from our memory. Our desire to hang onto past securities is suddenly erased. We’re asked to be more mature, make good choices, be responsible, look a certain way and be independent.
Somehow, I can totally relate to what my granddaughter is experiencing. The same kind of things happen when you grow from middle to old age. You’re expected to put away things that made you who you are. You must be brave and take the next step in your life. You should slow down, take it easy, enjoy life because you’re old and you deserve it. This is good advice and well intended, but hard to swallow and difficult to do.
In every stage of life, God has plans for us. He’s shaping us for what will come next. Change can be a difficult challenge or a great opportunity depending on how you look at it. We may want to slide effortlessly from one stage of life into the other, but it ain’t easy.
It will be the same when we approach our final destination. We know it’s coming. We don’t really want it to happen, but we also know that through it we will be blessed beyond belief. Allow God help you make those transitions easy. He will!