You ever feel like something big was getting ready to happen, but you couldn’t quite figure out what? The distance (or the closer) you felt among others? The constant preparation or getting your affairs in order? All of these feelings led you to believe that something bigger was getting ready to happen. So, naturally, you started to prepare, in an attempt not to miss it.
If you’ve ever felt this way, know that you aren’t alone; many others feel the same. Actually, that’s how I felt, but I couldn’t quite articulate what I was going through until I had a conversation with a pregnant lady! Here’s how the story went.
I was hanging out with a few friends, when we started to discuss a topic that literally blew me away. One of my friends was pregnant for the first time, the other had three children, and then there was me, with none. “Are you nesting yet?” asked the mother of three. “Yep, I am! I’m around the house cleaning and scrubbing all the time,” the other said. For me, that was a new term, so I had to ask, “What is nesting?”
“It’s when your body starts to naturally prepare for the baby. In preparation, you start to get your home ready.”
My mouth was wide open (literally). I didn’t realize that your body would do this naturally. As we continued to chat, I didn’t realize that I would revisit this conversation a few weeks later, to find small lessons weaved throughout the concept. What I learned was not limited to natural birthing, though, but spiritual too. Ok, so let me tell you what I saw.
I saw the Lord wanting to heal friendships and relationships that needed to be mended. Where I had been hurt by some things (and I just chalked it up to “whatever”) He was nudging me to remember & forgive. Where I had been desperately wanting to relocate, I saw where was naturally preparing.
It didn’t end right there, though. Not only was this happening naturally, for me to transition physically, but I was also preparing to transition spiritually. I felt the urge to fast and pray to hear what God was saying.
He began to share with me that where He was taking me, the next level, I couldn’t take old baggage. That the new thing couldn’t be tainted with old attitudes, beliefs and work habits. As a good friend shared with me, “It’s not really a transition, but a move–moving something from one place to the other.”
As I’ve learned, whenever you’re about to transition, or you’re about to “birth” something new, there is a preparation that must take place, and it will do so naturally. Both in the natural and spiritual, you’ll see things start to shift. At times, we may not even know what’s happening to us until it happens. Where we are in the transitioned place and hindsight reminds us, “Oh, that’s what I was preparing for!”
Are you preparing for that knowingly or unknowingly preparing for the next level? What do you need to get in order so that you can fully enjoy the new blessings?
A special shout out to Crystal Redmon, Melissa Jones & Angie Mays 🙂