3 Benefits of God-Appointed Transition

Benefits of transition

Transition means change—it signifies that there is something to leave behind and something to look forward to. [1]

As ‘middle ground’, transition can be a time of frustration and waiting. It may also be a period of grieving for that which we leave behind.  When we do not see the future clearly, our faith is being challenged and our trust in God tested.

Are you in a time of transition right now? Your Heavenly Father wants to encourage and empower you. He has you in the palm of His hand.

‘See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ (Isaiah 49:16, NIV)

God is with you and for you. He knows the future and has already mapped out and lined up what needs to take place in order for you to reach your destination.

40 Days, 3 Benefits of Transition

‘After his suffering, [Jesus] presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.’ (Acts 1:3)

Jesus used the time between His resurrection and ascension to prepare His followers for what was to come. This period contains a vital lesson for us about the value that God places on transition.

1. God Gives us the Time we Need to Adjust and Release the Past

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.’ (2 Cor 1:3,4)

When Jesus told His disciples that He would be leaving them, their hearts were troubled. (John 14:1) After the emotional lows and highs of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, He gave His followers 40 more days of personal fellowship with Him. This time enabled them to adjust—to release their expectations of the past and to embrace God’s agenda.

Our Father, in His wisdom, appoints transition as a time for us to process what is taking place. He gives us the time we need to grieve, whilst pointing to what is to come. During these times, we know Him as our Comforter, Father and Friend.

2. Transition is an Invitation to Intimacy with God

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Rev 3:20)

During the 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, He spent time communing with His followers—over meals and at appointed places. (Matt 28:16, Acts 1:3-4)

Luke mentions that Jesus spoke about things ‘pertaining to the Kingdom of God’ during these times together. (Acts 1:3) Jesus’ closing remarks in the Gospels and in Acts 1 give us the highlights of His message at that time. And yet there is a veil of privacy over most of these discussions.

What would we have heard if we had been there? Luke’s tantalising reference to conversations with the risen Christ is an invitation from God to us, to hunger for our own closeness to Jesus.

Times of transition are an invitation from our Heavenly Father to spend time with Him. The things we are entering into have not yet fully opened up. We have a greater felt need to hear from God and understand His purposes. He invites us to private conversation—to look upon His face and to know Him as never before.

3. Transition is Preparation for the New Thing God is Doing

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.’ (Acts 2:1)

Prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, His followers were unable to comprehend the Father’s purpose for Jesus’ death and resurrection.

During these 40 days, they now had a post-resurrection perspective. Jesus took time with them to explain the Father’s plans for the expansion of His Kingdom.

The outcome of this period was that this small group of believers and Apostles were positioned for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They were prepared for the birth of the Church and the mission ahead of them.

Transition is not a place to get stuck—it heralds the fact that the ‘new’ thing God is doing is on its way. It is time to get God’s perspective on what you are going through.

Jesus wants to prepare you for what Father has ahead and what He will do in His Kingdom through you. Be assured that God is in control of the times and seasons in your life and in His Kingdom.

And there is more.

You are about to receive a delivery of God’s Heavenly supply for the new season and a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit.


[1] Transition: ‘The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.’ http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/transition

[2] For more encouragement about transition, listen or download this powerful MP3 message by David McCracken: Transition is Empowering When Embraced (clicking on this link will load the MP3 in your browser) ‘We all experience times of transition. It takes courage to let go of the past in order to embrace the new things God is doing. Appointed by God, seasons of transition lead to transformation and are the key to us fulfilling our destiny.’

Related Posts: 

In Transition? Take the Next Small Step

Courage to Change

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41 thoughts on “3 Benefits of God-Appointed Transition

  1. Nelly Dhanraj

    I just want to say I am currently going through this transition period in my life, waiting to see the outcome.

  2. Susan Stiles

    Thank you Helen for your latest blog on “Transition” – it has been of great comfort to me as I have been in a period of grief over some events that were prophetic, but I couldn’t see how at the time…

  3. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Susan, thank you for your comment. I wasn’t sure which part you meant about being private so you will see I have taken some off. 🙂 I pray you experience the rest and joy of knowing all is in your Father’s hands, every fulfillment, every outcome.

  4. irene Kyriacou

    Dear Helen, thank you so much. I Love that Our Heavenly FATHER is the GOD of ALL Comfort, ALL Hope, ALL Strength, ALL Power, and so much more, that no words could ever express the Love, Care, Concern and Compassion GOD has for Us. This is a poem I wrote recently while reflecting on Psalm 46, and the Gospel of Mark chapter 4: 35 to 41.

    JESUS CALMS the Storm in me, HE gives me STRENGTH and VICTORY

    When the Storm is raging all around me, when I feel that I cannot see
    This One Thing I Know, “JESUS Calms the Storm in me”

    Beyond the Fog, there is Clarity
    Beyond the Storm, there is Victory
    Beyond the Winter, there is Spring
    Beyond the Night, there is Light

    Although weeping may endure for a night, but I KNOW that JOY comes in the MORNING

    HE Bottles All my Tears
    HE Takes Away All my Fears
    HE Speaks PEACE into me, and gives me STRENGTH to See
    Yes, JESUS Calms the Storm in me

    I will NOT be Shaken
    And, I will NOT be Moved
    In CHRIST the LORD, the Solid ROCK, I STAND
    My GOD Upholds me, with HIS MIGHTY Outstretched HAND

    My Life is Hidden in CHRIST, You See
    HE Holds my Life in the Palm of HIS Hand, HE has the KEY
    Now I have the Strength to SEE, there is Clarity and Victory

    CHRIST in Me, The HOPE of Glory
    This is my HOPE, this is my Story
    JESUS Calms the Storm in me
    Yes, JESUS Calms the Sea
    HE Speaks PEACE into me, and gives me STRENGTH and VICTORY

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

  5. Helen Calder Post author

    Thank you Irene! Beautiful poem and so appropriate for this setting. I pray many people read it and experience the peace you describe.

  6. Tracey Lynn

    Thanks so much for this post Helen!

    It truly is a great encouragement to me. I am presently going through a transition period and have experienced the faithfulness of the Lord in abundance!

    I can testify that the Lord prepares you in the process to “let go” of the past and lovingly carries you through the transition period. Even though this transition has not been easy, I just know in my spirit that the Lord will use every experience I’ve had for my good (Romans 8:28) and ultimately for His glory.

    The Lord has proven to me before that there is a purpose for the transition and though the process is not easy it is worth it. My relationship with the Lord has also been strengthened in this season and I have grown and learned so much in my character and my walk with Him. I can encourage anyone going through a transition to allow the Lord to work in them, hold on to Him and trust that He will carry you through it – the Lord will take you into your new season in victory and He will be glorified!

  7. Helen Calder Post author

    Thanks so much, Tracey Lynn, your thoughts reflect a great deal of wisdom. Lessons are learned through our difficult times that can help others along the way.
    I love the picture you use of God carrying us through to the new season.
    It reminds me of a time when I was coming to the close of a very painful season and I was burnt out and exhausted. I was walking in the park behind a family, and the Dad was encouraging his little boy on a bike to make it up the last hill ‘and then I will carry you to the car.’ Father God spoke to me in that moment and said, “Let me carry you…” and He has.

  8. Jill

    Thanks for that timely message. I’m moving from one church to my previous one, renewing old friendships n recouping from a severe illness. In it all, I can ‘see’ my place but was getting anxious about ‘not being healthy enough’ to occupy it. I just have to press into God, rest in who I am in Him n He will make a way. Xxx

  9. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Jill, thanks for leaving the note. I say a big ‘amen’ with you for health and all that you need to occupy this new place of destiny. Being a daughter or son of God is a place of rest and security. May you be powerfully blessed in your church and personal life.

  10. Jenny Wake

    Helen, thanks for this great perspective on transition. So often it can have a negative connotation. I have just started attending a new church which is in the middle of transition from Senior Pastors (husband and wife) of 17 years to one of their sons and his wife. It has been a very deliberate process which is being marked with a month of celebration in June – thanking the outgoing pastors and welcoming in the new pastors as the mantle is passed on to them. It is refreshing to see that transition can be positive – as you mention in your article.

  11. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Jenny, what a wonderful thing when the baton is passed to a new generation and it is done with honour and joy! Reminds me of David McCracken’s thoughts here http://www.davidmccracken.org/humility-in-transition/
    The church he founded has had such great transitions, a wonderful example of honouring and celebration.
    Believing with you for joy in your own journey and ongoing transition too. Be blessed.

  12. jose ramos

    saludos,estos dias han sido terribles para mi,accidentes automovilisticos,problemas aqui y alla sin ninguna justificacion,pero los estan…en ocasiones me encuentro como en una camisa de fuerza,la cual me impide actuar y hacer todo aquello que yo considero que debo hacer…pero escucho esa voz en mi interior que dice ESPERA JOSE…me siento frustrado como lo dice usted y en ocasiones desanimado…en breve debo salir a una reunion que ya le habia dicho que sera con el profeta aleman en una ciudad de mi pais…me he mantenido escucuando la profecia que hace ocho años me dio en un congreso apostolico y profetico,y esto me anima,porque veo que mi liberacion esta a la vuelta de la esquina,pero entre mas se acerca la fecha,hay mas problemas de todo tipo.Dios me ayude en todo ello y cumpla su buena voluntad en mi vida,a traves de mi llamado apostolico y profetico.SUS PALABRAS ME ABREN UNA BRECHA PARA VER MEJOR LO QUE VIENE…saludos y estamos en contacto,su hermano en Cristo.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi there Jose, you have been through a difficult time. I pray that you will know this work of God in your life that David mentions in the Psalms.
      ‘He brought me out into a spacious place;
      he rescued me because he delighted in me.’ (Ps 18:19)
      God delights in you, you are His beloved son.

  13. Tara C

    These comments are all very helpful as I also am going through a major transition in my life. its affecting everything but I say to myself “PEACE BE STILL” God is always with us through every breath and every step we take. The troubled times we face may not make sense in the moment but God reveals it to us in the end. We then reap the benefits. He takes us out of situations and removes people and things from our lives so we dont destroy ourselves. We are not forsaken and God never gives us what we cant handle. Amen

  14. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Tara, a big ‘AMEN’ to your insights. Our Father is at work in the background, we may not understand immediately but in the end we see how He has lined everything up for His purposes. Romans 8:28 🙂

  15. Karen Lewis

    I am going through a MAJOR transition right now. This word gives me clarity and understanding.



    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Karen, just left you a note on the other article too. Great to hear from you, may the clarity continue to increase 🙂

  16. Colin

    Dear Helen;
    Thankyou again for your help. I am grateful for the message on transition. It has brought great enlightenment and understanding to what I have been going through for over 3years.

    I now understand that it is called transition. I am very nervous because I want to successfully pass through the travail stage as difficult as the pressure is in this major crisis but I know it is transition; I just hope that I get through.

    Please uplift me in prayer and continue the excellent ministry.
    * Is there a difference between preparation and transition?

  17. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Colin, Great question – preparation and transition can take place together, and an important part of the purpose of transition is preparation for the upcoming season. However I think preparation is more general, and that every stage of our lives God is grooming and preparing us for the ‘MORE’ He has for us. That’s an exciting thought!

  18. David

    I believe i am constantly transitioning with God, {2 Cor 3:18} Although there are times and seasons that this process not only intensifies and Holy spirit works at a deeper level in me for a prolonged period of time.This comes as a result of my walk with God, my prayers {what i am asking of God] his plan and purpose for me, the season of life i am in and the nature of what is unfolding in the world. He is readying, making room for and preparing his bride to carry a heavenly glory and a peace that passes all understanding into a world where nothing is certain,and people are looking for answers in which only Jesus has, [Jesus never came with a problem only a solution} [Phil 4:6-7] When i look at my transition {situation} and take my eyes of Jesus i get that sinking feeling of dread and panic,{Matt 14:30} Jesus is teaching me to trust him and remain faithful, for that is what he is looking for and he will not abandon himself, {Heb 11:6, Lk 18:8, 2 Tim 2:13}
    Holy spirit is making me more Christ like [1 Pt 2:5,9.] From my experience, I believe this process that Holy spirit leads me through is that of Christ, it seems like God has abandoned
    me [Mk 15:34] is there another way to do this, less painful {Lk 22:42] i will never complete my calling and purpose on my own, i need help from others {Matt 27:32} people who said they loved and cared about me, but i felt betrayed {Mk 14:66-
    72} separation and isolation from people, {Jn 6:66} the list is endless, and i believe every area we fully let go of, die to and submit to Christ will be aligned for resurrection, we will be so different that people from our past wont recognize us {Lk 24:16} I think this is more than a new season its a whole new age, a whole new era where things will never be the same again.Your final comment Helen “There is more” created a huge stirring in me, great article.

    1. Susan Stiles

      I thank you so much David for your comment, in particular:
      “He is readying, making room for and preparing his bride to carry a heavenly glory and a peace that passes all understanding…” and what follows!
      I have experienced all that you write about, and also feel like I’m in a constant state of transition. I wrote more in reply to Helen’s article, but asked her to edit what she thought was too personal – I would really like to be that needed help from others with you and vica-verca – because I have found it tough “on my own” too – although we are not really, but it does feel that way in our times of betrayal and abandonment 🙂
      Thank you for posting

  19. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi David, you are so full of the Word, I love it! Amen, glory to glory. Love your observation about a new era. That’s big. My response is ‘Selah – Yes! Let’s pause and think about it!’

  20. augustine

    Thanks for your sharing. In fact am going through transition. You have shared very powerful insight which will help me keep trusting the lord because I now know that he is in control and what he is doing is in related to the calling he has for me.

    God bless you for your good work and Holy Spirit inspired insights and revelations.

  21. Gimbo Doreen Ethel

    Thank you very much. The message in this article is really for me. Perfect timing. May the good Lord bless you abundantly. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  22. Salisa Thomas

    Thank you so much for writing this…..The points you made are so helpful, challenging and encouraging at the same time….Well Balanced Meal…..God Bless YOU (:

  23. Rebecca

    Oh Lord Jesus, give me strength for victory to pass through the final stage of this long, long transition into your promises fulfilled. Ironic how my whole life fell apart, Jesus picked me up and transition started almost 2 years ago… Just days before this article was written in May 18, 2014. This has been the fastest, yet longest 2 years of my life. The Lord indeed carries us. I have sobbed many tears every time the Lord ministers to me through Deut. 1:30-31 “The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your very eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.”
    The Lord will be with us as we step into our promised lands with joy overflowing, just as he is with us in our wilderness and sorrows.
    It’s the final moments before breakthrough that seem to be an eternity where the end seems so out of sight, with days still dragging into more weeks and months, but I will prevail. I stand at the brink of promise fulfilled. The Lord is faithful. The Lord always speaks to me through your articles Helen. God bless your life abundantly.
    Love in Christ,
    Rebecca, New Jersey, USA

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Rebecca, it is so good to hear from you! I love your heart, and I love that Jesus’ Word and His promises are so deeply embedded into your life. I pray that you will receive extra strength and encouragement at this time, and that the ‘surge’ wave of the Spirit lifts and carries you into your new season.
      Beyond measure, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing – https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2014/08/20/divine-acceleration-god-will-make-up-for-lost-time/

  24. Mulugeta Medhin

    Dear Helen Be Blessed and Let God Strengthen You to Invade this World by your Ministry.I am always happy when I read texts from your blog.

    Praise God for his Gifts

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you, Mulugeta, reading lovely feedback like you’ve just given to me makes me happy, too! 🙂

  25. Gee


    1. Helen Calder Post author

      This is so good, Gee! Praise God, your transition is in His hands. And thank you for leaving the note, you blessed me too.

  26. Kerri hunter

    I’m also going through a transition time in my life & hoping that soon things will get better for me

  27. Maria

    I feel like I’m going through transition as well but I feel like I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do like get closer to the Lord I feel like I’m anxious and frustrated and tired… when I get really desperate I reach out to the Lord but it’s only when I get overwhelmed…..

  28. Jennifer

    About to go through gender transition and I found these words so encouraging at this vital time.

  29. Ries

    Wow! So timely, as have been all your recent posts.. and your scripturally-based prophetic insights and wisdom are such a blessing of clarity through the transitions I’ve been navigating through this season of ‘acceleration’ ‘prepulsion’ and change. I recently, unexpectedly was offered and accepted a call/church position after 30 plus years in a career I loved. Just last week grieving (a little) leaving this and seeking God for this new season with excitement, anticipation and reverance as I seek His will for this ministry. I did the math and while I start in a few weeks it appears the time between the call and commencement is 40 days!
    All three points were especially pertinent and reflect what God has been doing with me in this transition (so far 1 and 2). I pray God will indeed birth no 3 in me and my team and bring a fresh Holy Spirit breathing to our community through this time. Thank you for the significant and timely encouragements Helen!

  30. Habib Sinai

    Hi Helen I’m currently going through a transition right now as I desire to accomplish the Father’s appointed transit.

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