This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “comfort.”
“God’s blessing is found just outside your comfort zone.”
I can’t remember where I heard this quote a few years ago, but it is one that has stuck with me.
I think there’s a lot of truth in it. Often God calls us to step out in faith, to do something that seems risky or uncertain. We don’t have any guarantee of the outcome, but we’re called to trust and obey.
There are many examples of this in the Bible:
Abraham was called to leave his home and travel to a land God would show him.
Moses was called to go to Pharaoh to ask for the Israelites to be set free.
Esther was called to enter the king’s presence uninvited to plead for the Jews.
Daniel was called to take a stand and refuse to obey the king’s order.
Mary was called to accept the seemingly impossible message that she was going to have a baby who would be God’s son.
However you would describe the call each of these people received, it certainly wasn’t comfortable, and yet it brought amazing blessings. Through their courageous actions lives were saved, pagan kings were turned to God, and, most importantly, each of them experienced the blessing of playing their part in God’s plan.
It wasn’t comfortable and it wasn’t easy (God’s call is no guarantee that the way ahead will be smooth) but it was definitely worth it.
As I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone over the last couple of years to begin a Journey To Heal mentoring programme in my church, my experience has been similar.
It has been hard and scary, there have been unforeseen obstacles and challenges (like a global pandemic) and it has certainly never been comfortable, but I have known amazing blessings and seen God at work in ways I would never have expected. Each time I have taken another step outside my comfort zone, God has used it, and, uncomfortable as it is, this encourages me to keep on going.
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