• Paige Barker

Page 36: When God Gives You Something New

Logan and I live in an apartment right so we can save for a house, and part of living in an apartment means we can put in a work order for the maintenance team to fix whatever is broken. No matter what setting I would put our washer and dyer on, a lot of our clothes would still shrink. So, we put in a work order for the maintenance team to take a look.


The maintenance team knocked on our door one morning, but I wasn’t ready to open the door because I was still in bed lol. It was fairly early in the morning and I like to just chill in bed for a little while before starting my day. So, when I heard a knock on the door I ignored it. Then another knock. And another. By the fourth knock, I got up and realized it was the maintenance team. I opened the door and took them to our closet (which is where our washer and dryer are) and explained to them what was happening. They were so perplexed and just looked at me like I was crazy because no one else in the apartment complex had complained about their clothes shrinking before.


After a few minutes of the guys staring at the washer and dryer trying to come up with explanations of why this was happening, the lead guy looked at me and said, “Alright, here’s what we are going to do. Can you move your clothes from this side of the closet? We’re just going to give you a new washer and dryer.” I was shocked because that was the last thing I was expecting when putting in a work order. So, I had about 20 minutes to move out half of our closet to make space for a new washer and dryer.


As I was moving our clothes, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me:

“Often times you want new things but you don’t want to do the work required for the new thing.”

Well dang, Holy Spirit. He ever so slightly gives me a good kick in the butt a lot of the times and this was one of those moments. I stood straight up and just chuckled. Because it’s true.


When you ask God for something new in your life, there will be work required for it. For example, we purchased new bedroom furniture and in order for the new furniture to fit, we have to remove the old bedroom furniture. You have to remove the old to make room for the new. Whether that’s appliances, furniture, a relationship, a thought process, etc.


So, when you ask God for new _________ (fill in the blank with whatever you are asking God for), be ready to get to work. God wants to make a move in your life, but He’s asking and waiting for you to make your move as well.


I’ll leave you with something from a book Logan and I read. It’s a snippet from The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. (I HIGHLY recommend this book if you haven’t read it.)

“I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly like getting my feet wet. I’d much rather ha


dknfejWell dang, Hol. He ever so slightly gives me a good kick in the butt a lot of the times and this was one of those moments. I stood straight up and just chuckled. Because it’s true. true. rue. ue. e. . he miracle. But we aren’t willing to get our feet wet. Many people never see God part the Jordan River in their lives because their feet are firmly planted on dry ground. We’re waiting for God to make a move while God is waiting for us to make a move. We say to God, ‘Why don’t you part this river?’ And God says to us, ‘Why don’t you get your feet wet?’ But if you make a move, you’ll see God move. And He can move heaven and earth.”


What move do you need to make in order to make room for the new?