PD Series: Transition

For whatever reason a plant needs to be transplanted, it will go through a process of root exposure, transplant shock and with proper care, back to blooming.

This plant imagery was amongst a few resources ReachGlobal shared with me this month in regards to transition and transition-stress, something we’re beginning to experience.

Easter Lily – March 2016

Change is what happens externally and transition is what happens internally. Transition can be compared to transplanting a plant. Right now our roots are being exposed, as Dave and I make slow external changes to our life. It’s a vulnerable and significant time.

Transition-stress is normal and natural during the process; it needs careful navigating in order to have a healthy process as well as outcome.


Throughout this transition time, my husband’s thoughtfulness has been immeasurable. Shortly before Easter, he brought me home an Easter lily (pictured above). It symbolizes new life, and was given to remind me of the new life I have in Christ.

When we learned of the comparison between transition and transplanting a plant, we decided we’d transplant the lily to symbolically acknowledge this season of transition we’re in, and to acknowledge G as the One Who is carrying us through.

“I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your G throughout your lifetime- until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”
Isaiah 46:3-4

Me, Dave and Dave’s sister Sarah

We had planned to have this ‘ceremony’ the day before Easter, but this is Kansas….we had a beautiful white blanket of snow on Easter morning 🙂

Dave and I deeply appreciate you lifting us up in prayer as we continue navigating transition and transition-stress with the amazing guidance of ReachGlobal staff who desire as G does, for us to thrive!

With love, hope and gratitude, Sarah Lynn