From a biblical perspective, the month of May is a month of transition. According to the Hebrew calendar, it is the month of Sivan, the second month of the year following Nissan when the Israelites went out of Egypt.
The Israelites were in transition from slavery to the road toward freedom. While many transported necessities such as food, clothing, and animals, their future ahead required that they also transport something else: faith.
- They needed faith to endure their exodus through the desert while fleeing Egypt (Exodus 13:17-18 ESV).
- They needed faith to get out of the wilderness, a place they entered because of a lack of faith (Numbers 14: 11-30 ESV).
- They needed faith to align themselves with God’s will for their lives in the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1-9 ESV).
Prophetically, in this month of transition, Christians are encouraged to pay attention to everyone and everything around them and to evaluate their activities.
I see a parallel between this biblical time of transition and a movement of people occurring now in the United States. In particular, the travel industry often hails the Memorial Day holiday as the “unofficial” start of summer.
For millions of people, travel may involve a road trip which includes packing clothes, snacks, water, sports gear, and sunblock. While most are focusing on relaxing and having fun, how many will be reflecting on the meaning of the holiday? Likewise, how many are reflecting on where they have been this month and where they are going-physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually? Regardless of our plans, we will all need to carry faith to get us to our destinations and through possible challenges along the way.
Personally, I am challenging myself to spend this time to reflect and pray about where I am going as I enter the summer season. I am praying for divine connections to help me in the areas of my personal, spiritual, and professional life. As a poetic reflection about this season, I share my poem, 30 Days:
Repeat or Repeal?
Faith is going to be the thing I take on the road with me this season. How will you spend this month of transition? Let me know on Twitter!