Last week I had a conversation with one of my soul sisters. She said that stress is a simple math equation, subtract stress and increase faith. My mind immediately went to cleaning out the closets. Subtract old shoes and have faith beautiful new shoes will come because I made room for the new shoes. Upon further consideration I started thinking about math and subtraction in particular.
When my daughter was learning to walk and run there were many times that I had to put a gate on a door to keep her contained in a safe environment. I had to subtract the amount of space that she was allowed in order have keep her safe. As she grew and started to gain discernment skills her space expanded. She had more knowledge and understanding of the world. The need for condensing her space was gone.
I feel this may be the same way God protects us as we move toward our dreams. We have big dreams and are reaching and want to spread out. Many times I have felt that I have been working so hard but I can’t break through. I have felt the glass ceiling hitting my head much like a playpen restricting me. The stress and frustration of not being able to break out was real. I know that God has big plans for each of us. We are all here for our souls to gain knowledge. That is the only addition that our soul recognizes. So why are we being confined when we want to learn in another position? I think the answer to this is simple. We have been confined to finish learning where we currently are placed. The questions to ask are; “What do I have to give in this situation? What can I learn here? What knowledge can I gain on the other side of the ceiling? Can I learn that here?” As we gain knowledge the gates come down and the playpen is given away. The main staples of soul learning are acceptance and love.
I have discovered that retracting, condensing and giving often times makes the space for a forward move or change of direction. This subtraction allows me to rediscover the love that I have for my current placement. Showing appreciation for where I currently am and what I have is always better than feeling frustrated or confined. This is preferable to feeling stressed that I cannot humanly do all the things that need to be done to move forward. I think that God has big plans for each of us. We are all gaining knowledge. The awareness that the only real addition we can make is knowledge often relieves the stress. Once the knowledge is gained there is always movement to a bigger area of learning. The gates open.