Do you ever find yourself going in the same stall in the bathroom just because you’re used to that one?
Or, do you always park near the same place because it’s what you’ve always done?
I found myself doing these exact things and really thought about my comfort zone. Perhaps a different stall might be even better, or cleaner, or have purple toilet paper!
My comfort zone is a place where I have experienced certain things and outcomes and know exactly what to expect. It’s comfortable there.
What I also began to realize was my comfort zone kept me in a place that I wasn’t supposed to be, but it was what I knew. I called it my comfortable hell.
I was miserable. I knew God wanted something else for me. And yet, I also knew what would happen if I stayed because I was comfortable there.
God wants us to find comfort in Him, not in our circumstances.
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” Isaiah 40:1 (NIV)
Are you in a place, a relationship, a job, a home, a city, a Starbucks rut…. whatever?!?! that God is calling you out of? Is He asking you to step out and trust Him? Then your comfort might just be what is holding you back.
One thing I have learned is that if you seek God with all your heart and follow his will you won’t be residing in a comfort zone for very long. And once you get to a comfortable place, He’ll ask you to change something again!
See, God wants us to consistently and constantly trust in Him. And if we are relying on ourselves and our comfort zone then He doesn’t usually get honored and get credit for what’s going on in our lives. Comfort is a place we can handle on our own. Instead, if we step into a place God calls us where we are unequipped, nervous, or not ready then we have to rely on God. We have to trust Him.
That is His favorite place to shine! He loves to be the strength in our weakness, the comfort in our storms, and the peace in our dark valleys!
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s Power my rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
So, if God is asking you to step out of your comfort zone and trust Him, know that your choice will be rewarded greatly!
And in the meantime go ahead and try out a different bathroom stall! 😜