You may read the word move and immediately think of moving your physical location. Though the word describes just that, it can also mean something much deeper. There are times when the Lord will ask us to move and it not be our physical location, but rather the position of our heart.
My kids eat at our kitchen table, lined up in a row on a farmhouse style bench. Most mornings, prior to the school rush, oatmeal is served warm, dripping with honey and smothered in milk. At 7am sharp, there are three, multi colored bowls in a row, all filled and ready to be devoured by hungry little mouths!
One particular morning, my youngest, Skyla, woke up on the wrong side of her bed, grumpy and late for her morning oatmeal. Grumbling and groaning she proceeded to follow her morning routine and went to sit on the bench at the first bowl she saw. After quickly picking up the spoon, she found the bowl was empty. In a dramatic rage, she threw her little fists on the table, hung her head low and threw a full tantrum about the empty bowl. She was hungry and there was nothing.
During the screaming, tears and fist pounding, her daddy was standing in the kitchen watching quietly. With a little chuckle, her daddy says, “Sweetie, just move down two bowls to the one that is full. You are in the wrong place.”
Immediately realizing the mistake, Skyla opened her tearful eyes, raised her head, and dramatically slid over to her bowl, full of perfectly warm, honey dripped oatmeal. And just like that, life went back to sunshine and rainbows.
Seeing this unfold in such a profound way, our spirits jumped. We quickly realized we too were in a season with our heads hung low, throwing a tantrum about the empty bowl in front of us. Our prayers were like clenched fists on the table as we cried out to the Lord saying, “Where have you gone? Why do we feel empty and unseen? Where is your provision?”
In that moment, the Lord gently whispered, “Why are you crying at the empty bowl? Just move”.
It was time to change our stance, posture, position and attitude toward what seemed to be something empty. We quickly learned to be grateful for the desperate, lonely, frustrated feelings that drew us back to His heart and pushed us to move our position. There is a process to the refinement of the Lord which cannot be skipped. This painful process is worth moving through to find the restoration on the other side.
Sometimes we want the Lord to repeat the way He blesses us. We presume He will show up the same way He did the last time, or will provide in the same bowl. But when the bowl is empty, there is another one full of sweet provision if we will only shift our hearts and move on through the refinement into His promise.
So this is my challenge to you today: ask the Lord if you need to move. Search your heart and evaluate if you are stuck in a tantrum over old circumstances, past mistakes or current hurts. Are there areas in your life that are keeping you stagnant or mediocre, or paralyzing you from stepping into more of what God has designed you to do? Open your heart and allow Him to gently instruct you where He wants you to move position.
“The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” I Kings 17:6-9
About Sarah Birkbeck
Sarah Birkbeck is the wife to James, mother of three littles, and founder of Refresh. Her love for the Lord coupled with passion to see women actively walking out their God dreams led her to where she is today. When she isn’t challenging women to dream bold, you can find her in a car line, traveling the globe, or curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee.