Welcome to my comfort zone! It’s predictable. No one bothers me here. Everything stays the same and that’s just the way I like it!
No! I’m not leaving and you can’t make me!
Who’s at the door? People know not to bother me!
(Tripping over the footstool and banging my knee, I turn off the lights.) I’ll hide so He won’t know I’m here.
Nope. I can’t today. Come back another time. (Yelling through the door and wringing my hands.)
What a tragedy. How many blessings have I lost because I said, “No.”? How many blessings have I lost because I mumbled poor excuses, questioned the sanity of God’s Plan or doubted the success of it? That’s a special kind of arrogant.
Why did I cling to my idiotic comfort zone anyway? Was it really that great? Was staying there worth what I gave up?
What am I hiding from?
Trembling in uncertainty at the terrifying darkness, I need to escape. It’s NOT safe. I am ill-equipped for whatever is out there. Nope. Can’t do it. Return me to my hole.
Jesus seems pretty adamant. I guess we could just…talk about it.
Ouch. I can’t argue with that.
I held my breath, closed my eyes and stepped out into an unfamiliar place of faith, a faith that drew me closer to the glory of God.
Despite struggle, panic and desperation, I experienced the impossible, made possible.
First, God called me to homeschool. No one, including myself, believed I could. For over 4 years I’ve been homeschooling.
Then, God called me to minister to my fellow homeschool moms. Chronic migraines and introversion didn’t stop God from allowing me to accomplish that and make true friends along the way.
Now, God has called me to write. It doesn’t matter to God that the only writing I had ever done was academic. He called me to write anyway.
I thought because God called me, He found me already equipped. It was the calling of God that led to the equipping.
What a blessing that God never stopped calling. He saw in me things I never imagined in myself. That’s because He made me. He makes plans for me, and then He transforms me.
What a blessing to be under Grace. Grace allows for mistakes, questions, doubts, and trepidations. God held my hand through all of it. He comforted and guided me.
Are you overly comfortable? Have you said, “No,” to God?
Say “YES!” Say yes to the struggle and the blessing! Say yes to God calling you nearer to Him! Say yes because you will never be the same afterwards!
Take a deep breath…then
Pray this prayer:
Lord, I so want to receive Your blessings. I want for my life what You want for my life! Though I’m afraid and feel unequipped, I say yes to your calling in my life.
Here’s how to walk that out.
Faith. “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:10. Have faith that whatever God’s plan is for you, He will fill you with His strength.
Obedience. However scary God’s call is, step out anyway. Absolutely you should go to God with your doubts and worries. See how He is already bringing you closer to Him?!
Baby steps. Take the calling one day at a time. Whatever God has planned, He will be there every step of the way. Don’t stress about the how. God’s got that!
Prayer and counsel. Remember, we aren’t meant to walk alone. Enlist the prayers and counsel of Biblical friends and family as you work through hesitation, concern, doubt, frustration and obstacles. Hebrews 4:16
I pray that you allow God to give you the best He has for you, even when the journey is frightening.
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