Is God shaking up your life right now?
This "shake" may feel subtle at times, and foundational at others.
Maybe He's shifting how you relate with some key people in your day-to-day. Maybe He's rearranging your role in the work you do. Maybe He's directing your time and resources towards your physical health in a new way. Maybe He's walking you through grief and loss.
He may be doing all of the above, or more, at the same time.
But this is what He wants me to tell you today: You are not experiencing random circumstances, and the enemy does not have authority over your life.
It is God Himself who is living and active in your life. He is involved. He cares. He has good plans, fresh freedom and renewed strength for you.
I was talking with one of my sisters recently, and one of the things we discussed was what it practically looks like when the Holy Spirit is present and powerfully moving.
I quoted from a song that is on repeat one of the radio stations I listen to right now: "Holy Spirit you are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere..."
I told my sister that we don't really understand what we are asking for with that invitation. Because we don't understand what we are asking for, we become discouraged or frustrated as the Holy Spirit answers our prayer and begins to move powerfully in our lives.
I live in the part of Texas that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. And I live in a house that was flooded nearly 10 years ago by Hurricane Ike.
When a home is flooded, it gets stripped down to the studs. The framework of the house is laid bare.
This is the first and immediate impact of a flood: Major change to daily life. It is inconvenient. It forces you into new working relationships with people. Sometimes you find yourself in new quarters, new living spaces with people. It costs to rebuild. The flood costs you time, resources, mental and emotional energy.
A flood often exposes issues you didn't know you had. Things that were hidden by walls that need to be re-worked.
And, in my experience, once everything is stripped down to the bare framework, the homeowner realizes "heck, I'm already in it this far. Let's remodel some things to make this home work better for this next season of life."
More open-concept. Rooms are re-arranged. Fresh finishes are applied.
And though the homeowner never wants to go through the experience of being flooded again - they're also grateful for the new changes. For all the things that work better for this current season. For the things they learned, and people they met in the messy process. For the fresh perspective they now have.
When the Holy Spirit floods our lives, the process is similar.
C.S. Lewis put it this way:
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
I don't know the specifics in your life. But I know we are all heading into a new season, and I don't just mean summer. God is shaking things up. For every person I know.
So first, soak in this truth put simply: God is flooding your life in answer to your prayers.
He is connecting you with people you wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise. He is making some "room", some space in your life, more open than it has been. The changes will benefit you and be better for you in your current and upcoming season of life.
He wants you to know He loves you.
And most importantly, He wanted me to remind you that while the circumstances and struggles you are experiencing are new in some ways - His faithfulness to you is not new.
You have enough history with Him to know you can trust Him.
He is absolutely, entirely, 100% for your best.
So lean into the process by remembering His faithfulness to you. Trust the Master Carpenter with the rebuild. His ways and thoughts are higher - His perspective is from higher up. He can see more than you can. His plans are strategic, intentional, good.
You are heading towards being full of more Love and Life, not less. Never less.