Funny how God challenges us, isn’t it? Sometimes He calls on us to do the craziest things that we would never have dreamed of doing on our own. That is kind of how my story went. God snatched me out of my comfort zone, and it was a beautiful thing! First, though, let me give you a little background information…
I HATE leaving my “area”, meaning my local town and such. When I was younger, I did not like sleepovers, summer camp, and other things that took me away from home. Today, if I ever do have to leave, I always have someone drive me because I strongly dislike driving in new places. Keep all this craziness in mind as I delve into my story.
It started with a text from a friend, “Want to step out of your comfort zone?”.
(Talk about the alarms going off in my head!) Of course I did not, why would any sane person want that?! Before I could respond with a big fat all caps “NO!”, she sent me the information for a camp in need of a staff member for a week. In an effort to be polite, I said she could send me more information even though I knew what my answer would be. It turns out they were looking for someone to come out to North Carolina and help with food prep. Working with food is kind of my thing, so I said I would consider it. That night I dove into scripture trying to figure out what I should do…
Luke 1:22- But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Psalm 28:7- The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults.
Proverbs 19:20- Listen to the advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Every single verse that I read that night touched on a different aspect of why I was trying to talk myself out of going. I spent some time in prayer as well, and when I finished, an amazing peace came over me. I knew I was supposed to go.
What came out of that week was ALL God. It stretched me so much. I had to leave my “safe place”, drive myself 4 hours (Which I know is not a big deal, but it was for me…) and spend a whole week surrounded by strangers. Through that experience I got to meet some amazing people, learn so much about the missionary lifestyle and see how God can bring a group of people who have never met to be so close and share intimate details of their walks with Christ.
Here is just one example of how God was working in my life that week…
When I first arrived, within ten minutes I was ushered into the dining hall for lunch with two ladies I had JUST met. At this point, I was having my first freak out (you are going to laugh at me…). I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO “ Dining Hall”!! Meaning, I was always homeschooled, so when I walked in, was handed a meal ticket and given a tray I didn’t know what to do! Yes, it should be pretty self-explanatory, but I was terrified of doing the wrong thing. I settled for a side salad, because it looked like the easiest thing to get. That might sound like the silliest thing to get worked up about, but that was just one of the first things on God’s list to show me that HE was in control, and my comfort zone was not where He wanted me.
Another example of how awesome God is, is in the realization that I was not actually walking into this crazy adventure alone. It was not until I got back home that I stopped and thought about it. I had been so freaked out about trying all of these new things, that it never once occurred to me that I was going into this with just me and God!
It gave me the opportunity to lean wholly of God. Everything I did that week I would start off by saying “God, it’s all in your hands”. I won’t lie, the first few days were rough. They brought tears and frustration, but the way God showed himself through it all made all of it SO worth it!
So please, please, please, please, the next time God calls you out of your comfort zone, do not ignore it like I used to do. Pray about it and go where He leads you!
**For those of you who are interested, the Camp was called “Total It Up, Extreme” through Wycliffe. It’s intensive courses in bible translation, and a simulation of life in the mission field. I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone interested in going into bible translation.
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