When you are asleep at night and you find yourself in an uncomfortable position, what do you do? If you are like most people, you will move in a way that alleviates the discomfort you’re feeling. One thing I love about God is that He knows how to make us shift. I don’t ever worry about if I’m not moving fast enough because when God wants us to move, He knows exactly how to get us moving.
The main way God gets us to “shift” is through discomfort. When things become too high pressured or uncomfortable for us, we shift. Though this seems like an instant move, it actually occurs in steps. I describe it as the three S’s. There’s the soreness, the stretching and then the actual shift itself.
Soreness: The intensity of life turns up to a level that causes severe discomfort and pain. This represents God wanting to do something new in your life. Things may have grown stagnant or you could simply be shifting from one season to the next. Regardless, discomfort is required to begin the process of transition.
Stretching: To alleviate the tension caused by this uncomfortableness, it forces you to stretch. This represents God increasing you and bringing you to higher levels. Whether that’s more prayer, fasting, seeking His Word etc. He stretches you, so you can run at the appointed time.
Shift: Once you’ve been stretched, then you can shift by changing your position. This represents God bringing you into the new. This new could be a new job, relationship, dimensional ascension etc. But this is a place where you will receive rest as you walk into that new thing.
You may find yourself at one of these stages right now, and know that you must trust God every step of the way. He knows how to get you to SHIFT, and some seasons require more soreness than others.
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—”
II Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
At what part of the process do you find yourself right now? What are you learning the most? Knowing what you know now, how are you perceiving your process differently?