The Empty Space

photo (2)What exactly does “extraordinary” look like?

Routine often drowns out the extraordinary. When everything is exactly as it has always been, dreams of more can fade quietly into the background. In order for life to become extraordinary, something has to change. Maybe everything.

Staying safely cocooned puts us in danger of never seeing the other side of great.

I have been plagued by complacency. The enemy prowls. His mission: to steal, kill and destroy. He tried his best this past year to suck dry the very marrow of life-giving passion I possess. It was a year marked by a blasé, vanilla kind of living-out-my-faith that left me bored and feeling useless. This year I hope for a restored, radical, unfettered, fireworks kind of lifestyle that will leave people in my wake breathless and longing for more Jesus. I hope God fills my days with opportunities to demonstrate crazy, radical love to people who desperately need to know God.

A declaration this bold calls for a change. Job openings applied for, houses put on the market, hair color altered; God is moving.

I observed during this transition that when everything gets moved around, it leaves an empty space. Items once treasured that no longer fit, disappear. The space left behind is at once bitter and sweet. In my kitchen I kept an inexpensive, round table. Many many meals, pictures colored, hard conversations, laughter, bitter tears, healing, hurting – all happened around this sweet little table. Only when the table needed a new home did I realize the sting of change.

It was in the empty space that I knew only God could provide what my heart was crying out for. The ordinary has to be relocated to make room for the extraordinary. In the meantime, the empty space feels vast, foreign, unknown.

What exactly does “extraordinary” look like?

The anticipation of what could be, what will be, bubbling up amidst the anxiety.

As I look around the empty house today, I see dreams that once were. But that’s the point, isn’t it? These dreams were once alive, but no longer exist. I have no more room for old dreams, I’ve set them aside to make room for new ones. The extraordinary ones.


Published by: Lori Young

Lori Young’s passion for God and her love for speaking and coaching have combined forces in a powerful message for women who hide the most valuable parts of themselves for the approval of others. Lori comes by this truth honestly. For years, she kept her value hidden to avoid disapproval, rejection, criticism, and conflict. Through the difficult experience of divorce, heartbreak, and broken relationships, Lori has emerged with a passion to break down what she’s learned and provide tools to help other women re-emerge to live authentically and intentionally. She is a Certified Enneagram Coach and loves coaching one on one and in group settings. You can learn more about her speaking and coaching services at

Categories Divorce, Healing, Single Mom, Spirituality, TransformationTags, , , , , , , , 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “The Empty Space”

  1. Very True, Lori! So excited to see what God has in store for you with these many changes. Keep us posted. Hugs! Jacy

  2. Thank you Lori so well written my heart is in that place of change mourning of what was and praying I made a difference and that the anxiety will be casted out seeking him with all that I am looking foward and not looking back . How awsome is God that he would release you to the extrodinary ! Blessings ❤️

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