Transition = a new placement which by definition includes transplanting. Google defines transplant as to “move or transfer (something) to another place or situation, typically with some effort or upheaval.” God speaks to me in word pictures and my flower gardens are full of His words and works. As I was transplanting some butterfly bushes earlier this Spring I needed to take special care with their roots. Almost any time one transplants anything many of the feeder roots are cut off, the support roots are significantly affected and the crown roots best be given special care or the whole plant will tank. After I moved my bushes I needed to water them regularly. Their feeder roots were not able to absorb the nourishment they needed as easily in their new environment. Things were unfamiliar. New pathways for absorption needed to be made. Kind of like when you move to a new location and you don’t know where the grocery store is, or where your favorite restaurants are or let’s get our priorities in order – where is the nearest Starbucks!?! When people transition what was normal before is different. That sounds elementary but here’s what happens. Your “plant” might look the same on the outside but your roots are different. If special care is not taken for the roots to be re-established the plant will begin to whither and whatever stature was gained in the former environment will be lost. It is easy to look at a person in transition and not reaqlize that their roots are going through trauma. In fact it is even easy, or likely, that the person themselves may not be aware of what is happening with their roots. Special care must be taken for one’s roots during transition. For me that looks like lots of things. I need to actually find a Starbucks. I need to spend extra time quietly waiting on the Lord. I need to be really nice to myself and do some extra fun things and plan things that feed my soul. There is journaling involved includes reviewing the pathway that brought me to this point. In essence I am establishing new pathways for nourishment so my roots are cared for and able to do their job keeping me firm in the storm. (See the word pictures from my flower garden could just go on and on!)
Are you in transition? What do you need to do to tak special care of your roots?! Is someone around you in transition? How can you help them nourish their soul in this season?! Psalm 1:3 They are strong, like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don’t die. Everything they do will succeed.