FRIDAY REFLECTIONS: Paradigm Shift

June 8, 2012 at 7:24 AM 4 comments

Have you ever gone through a season where your perspective began to shift? And the way you viewed the world started changing before your very eyes?

Most of the time, growth is so gradual we hardly notice it. A small child is growing every second of every day, but even if we stared at them for a half hour straight, we still couldn’t “see” it. Yet if you’ve been away from them for a month, the change is obvious. “Oh my, how you’ve grown!”

The same is true spiritually. We usually don’t notice ourselves growing. Yet if we do the things that lead to growth – eat properly (the Word), exercise (obey), and get plenty of rest (trust God) – the growth WILL show up eventually. It’s inevitable.

Yet every now and then, a child goes through a “growth spurt.” A season when it seems they’ve grown a foot overnight! It’s not that we fed them super-food, or shoveled it in by the truckloads, they just grew. The steady pace of growth suddenly hit a sweet spot. And a growth spurt resulted.

That’s what I’ve been experiencing this past month.

Some of you “Growing Edge Blog” subscribers may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Four weeks, to be exact. You know how during a crazy-busy day, you can sometimes find yourself going on an “unintentional fast”? You INTENDED to eat the whole day, you just never found the time! That’s how I felt about blogging this month. Fridays just kept flying by, one after the other, often without me even realizing it. And the reason? I unexpectedly found myself in the middle of a huge “growth spurt.”

I didn’t really see it coming. Yet once it hit, my whole perspective began to change. It was as if all the “plodding in place” I’d done the previous year had suddenly kicked in. The little choices I’d made to explore this or try that, suddenly began yielding changes. I took a few small risks. I decided to start practicing some growth principles that I “knew” but hadn’t given my full attention. I let myself rest in the fact that God was working, even though I couldn’t really see it at the moment.

And suddenly areas where I’d been stuck…health, household tasks, creativity…began shuddering and shifting, until there was actually movement FORWARD! Little by little, by God’s mercy, things I had “known” but been unable to actually do, made sense in a whole new way. And (miracle of miracles!) I actually had the power to DO them. Maybe not every time, and certainly not perfectly. But there WAS movement. In a forwardly direction!

I must admit, I found this new growth intoxicating. I started going to the gym, preparing meals, and emptying trash cans like a crazy woman. The other morning I even found myself ironing a pair of shorts! Simple tasks that had seemed like climbing Mt. Everest (due to chronic illness and discouragement) were actually within my grasp. No only that, but after canceling two other trips due to ill health, I actually made it to the Blue Ridge writer’s conference, where I had the time of my life meeting other writers and editors, and attending a host of helpful workshops. I was like a calf let out of the stall on the first day of spring…I could actually DO things!

And through it all, I realized that those simple growth principles I’d been practicing were, for me, the growing edge. Where the rubber met the road – and the truth of God’s Word met my daily experience. And as a result, moment by moment, step by step…and then seemingly all at once…my perspective was changing. My paradigm was shifting. And I was beginning to see my life much more from God’s point of view than my own.

Aaaaaaaaaaah…what a refreshing point of view! How much wider and deeper and richer than my measly little perspective. How much more redemptive and wise and hopeful than what I see through my limited little “keyhole view” of the universe. I’ll take His way of seeing things over mine any day of the week…and twice on Sundays!

I hope you’re in the midst of your own paradigm shift this week. Whether you feel like it or not right now, God is offering  His perspective to us every moment of the day. Sometimes we’re able to see it, and sometimes we’re not. But one thing I learned this month is that all those little choices do add up. And His grace is more than able to meet us in our stumbling ways…if we simply follow Him with a will to obey…even if our paradigm hasn’t quite “shifted” yet.

Don’t worry. It will. Just keep trusting and obeying…and He’ll meet you there.

In a couple weeks I’d like to share with you some of those “simple principles” that have been making such a difference in my life. They aren’t original with me, but I’ve found them so life changing that I truly feel like I “discovered” them for the first time, and simply must pass them on to others! So I look forward to starting a monthly post called “Training Step Tuesday.” It’s very exciting stuff, and I can’t wait to share it! 

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  • 1. Karen Cron  |  June 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I was wondering how you were, where you were, what God was up to with you, etc. etc. My son Chris and his wife Libby are in Nashville right now…visiting friends, networking, making music. Did you see them? Ha, ha!
    “But forget all that- it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in a dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT
    Blessings…Karen
    (Loved your entry, btw)

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  • 2. Kimosphere  |  June 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Hi Karen!!

    It’s awesome to hear from you!!

    Wouldn’t you be shocked if I said, ‘Yeah, I ran into Chris & Libby just the other day.” 😀 Hope they have a great trip.

    What have YOU been up to? Let’s email or FB sometime.

    Thanks for the wonderful scripture…

    Love, Kim

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  • 3. ruthie glynn  |  June 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    What a delightful life to hear about!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 4. Kimosphere  |  June 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Awww…thanks so much. 😀

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