I have been thinking about comfort zones. We create these for ourselves for many reasons. One because they are warm and fuzzy. Secondly, because of the familiarity. Lastly because we feel safe and secure.
Ironically though, these comfortable places can become more of a prison. When one gets too comfy, it is hard to move beyond or past or away from that comfortable feeling. As a little side note here, sometimes, even the negative can become “warm and fuzzy” or falsely safe because it becomes what we know.
GOD has always pushed those in the bible of greatness way out of their comfort zone into a place of complete faith. Think of Abraham. In so many ways he proves his desire to move beyond his comfort to please GOD; first by telling his family to pick up and follow him and then by almost sacrificing his son. Moses, also stretches way beyond any sort of comfort and leads the Jews out of slavery. Noah builds an ark and people ridiculed him (yep out of that comfort zone). Bring it forward a bit and let us speak of Mary, a woman who was “just a girl” who GOD speaks to in order to notify her she will carry the MESSIAH; talk about way out of one’s comfort zone.
The list goes on and on to each of the disciples and to many people living today. GOD pushes people out of their comfort zone so HE can do something outstanding. What if Abraham felt like he was afraid and he was just going to stay put and keep his family where they were?
Dueteronomy 31:6 says Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
That is exactly how GOD inspires us to move past, step out, and do something different. Get out of that comfort zone!! Do not let a person tell you that you can’t because GOD tells you that you CAN! GOD will not provide you a path to travel without HIS support. Read, get to know HIM, acknowledge him, repent and allow him to stretch you past your comfort. After all, JESUS stretched his arms wide across, past HIS comfort!