Do you ever feel like all hell has broken loose? Have you ever felt backed into a corner with no room to breathe? What we see as opposition and containment, may actually be resistance to God orchestrated shift. Sometimes shift happens in ways that we don't expect.
And yes, I am playing with words.
When I moved to Bali, I decided that I would eliminate expectations and cultivate a divine sense of expectancy. I call this living in divine flow. I anticipate the tangible presence of heaven to intersect with my every day life.
But what happens when divine flow backs up?
When your septic malfunctions and the landlord refuses to take your calls? Not for a day, but for weeks. The home that was so perfect was now very pungent. Someone was messing with my divine flow. I felt as if it had faltered the same way the effluent had failed to flow to the septic.
We will move said my husband. No I said I love this house. Yes, we are he said and move we did. Surely, this was some despot plan to undermine the sovereign plan for my life?
The moment I walked through our new home, I got it. Sometimes shift happens. What I saw as a peace zone, God saw as a comfort zone. What I saw as perfect, God saw as imperfect. What I saw as so practical, God saw as settling for second best.
Paul's words to the Corinthian Church echo the unchanging Spirit of Grace for us today.
Dear, dear [insert your name], I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way.
The Bible II Corinthians 6:11-12
Here are some things to do when you feel the temptation to live small in the face of divine shift:
Understand that shift must happen.
For us to get from where we are to where God wants us to be, shift must happen. It is not always neat and tidy. Often it is messy and chaotic. We have been created to live larger today than we did yesterday. God can use any situation or circumstance to shift us into a larger place. Literally. Our new home has so much more space, is better located and easier to maintain. It gave us room to breathe. Perhaps that situation you are confronting is the doorway to your wide-open and spacious life?
Work your words.
The words you think and speak today, create the life you will live tomorrow. I resisted moving not because I was resolute, but because I was comfortable. I heard myself think and say I don’t have the energy to move. But I am comfortable here. I know my way around here. But there is no growing in knowing only from learning. Learn to listen for limitations that you may have unintentionally placed on God. Work your words, declare the desired outcome, but learn to leave the details to God.
Live devoted to the woman you are created you to be. When we feel opposing pressure leverage the energy and respond in a way that is consistent with your values and the character of Christ being formed within you. My parents named me Tracy, Greek for brave, bold, harvester. I have the word brave tattooed on my arm. In my resistance to moving I was not being brave. I was not being courageous in the face of spiritual opposition. Quite the opposite. I was playing safe and small. I was staying in my comfort zone. I was making excuses. But God wanted something bigger and better for me, so He shifted me.
I would love to hear your thoughts?
What larger space is God calling you into today and what shift needs to happen for you?
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