Yesterday i moved the furniture around.
i do it pretty often. i cant really tell you why or what prompts me. i think it stems back to my childhood. i grew up next door to my grandparents. One of the coolest/quirkiest things was how my grandma would always move the furniture around…I’m talking weekly or sometimes DAILY something moved. My Grandpa even installed casters on all their furniture–EVERY SINGLE piece of furniture. Their home was crowded with history and stories told thru reclaimed antiques stained the darkest shade of brown that always reminded kid-Kris of Grandpa’s black coffee. And every piece would roll.
i asked Grandmas once why she always moved things around. She replied, “Most of my life I didnt have the means to get new things and I had to love and appreciate what we DID have. So, instead of setting my sights on new things, i just moved around what i had until it felt new and right.”
Do you ever have those times when life just feels off? Overrun with frustration because of the way life is unfolding? Life feeling stagnant and hopeless? Situations seem misguided like chasing the wind? Just living lazy or self-absorbed? Anyone? Anyone?
For me, those are the times when i sense Him prompting me to move the figurative furniture in my life around a bit. i need a new feel…and He knows exactly how to rearrange my stuff for me.
Moving my emotional/spiritual furniture looks like this:
- Putting humility in a more prominent place and put pride in a drawer.
- Setting that “loving others” thing out to be seen and experienced and storing the “be productive at all costs” thing in the entry closet.
- Repositioning my desire to control ALL the things and use it sparingly asking Him what i need to release.
Today my living room looks new…and sorta not. New perspectives and views. Some things dusted off and put in a place of prominence. It feels new and right. Now, where is He pushing me to move the figurative furniture around in my world?
Grandma always had gum in her purse, bought me makeup, gave me my first perm, and showed me that life isn’t about new but rather about rearranging what you’ve got and learning to love it in a new way.
Original post can be found HERE.