Most of us have learned to accept change as a necessary part of life. But the actual process of leaving behind one thing and trying to take hold of something else can be difficult.

During this time of year. Transition is evident – from the weather to the leaves to our wardrobes – and it’s largely celebrated. When you think about it, the Fall is simply a transitional period from Summer to Winter. It’s what helps us acclimate (no pun intended) to change in seasons.

I’ve learned, though, that transitional periods in life are just as necessary. But it seems to me that transitions often tend to pose a greater risk than the change itself.

Change is inevitable, but it’s the time and the space in between that creates tension or trouble.

If a transition is too quick, or abrupt, we can feel overwhelmed and confused. But if a transition takes too long, then we become discouraged and disheartened.

So what are we to do?

Well, for starters, I think it’s important to anchor yourself in God. Hebrews 6:18-19 says, “Therefore, we who have fled to [God] for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”

Secondly, I think it’s important to continue doing and focusing on the good you’ve been called to do. Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

These two practices – (1) anchoring yourself in God and (2) continuing to do good – will help you navigate any season of transition you find yourself in and lead you to greater health and fulfillment no matter what is taking place around you.