We all know what that they are and we all like to stay there. If we stay in our comfort zones then we feel a sense of ease and freedom. Who wants to leave that feeling?
It is funny because when you delve into a relationship with God He will prompt us to leave that comfort zone frequently. That prompt does not have to be a missions trip either. It can be as small as going up to a stranger and telling them that you are praying for them.
A lot of things have taken me out of my comfort zone. If anyone knows me then they know I am a nervous wreck over some of the littlest things. I love being in my comfort zone and staying there but that is not where I am called to be. It is not where anyone is called to be.
The Bible is filled with stories where people were called to do things by God that made them go out of their comfort zones. For example, in Exodus 8:1, God prompted Moses to speak to Pharaoh in order to let His people go and Moses did. God had a plan and used Moses to complete the plan but first Moses had to step out of his comfort zone and speak up. It is the same for us. God has a plan for each one of us and in order to walk through that plan we will sometimes have to walk out of our comfort zones.
Work has been a big place where God has continuously called me out of my comfort zone, and not just spiritually either. There are several people at work who know God but there are several others who do not. One day, while I was sitting in the break room, a lady came in and sat down. I knew her name but I had never taken the time to talk with her. Today she came in and I could see she had been crying. I felt that nudge to go talk with her and at first I ignored it and continued just looking through my phone until my break was done. That feeling just kept getting stronger but I was nervous to say anything.
I finally got up, went to talk to her and found out a family member had just passed away. My heart ached for her. I talked to her for a bit then left her with ‘I’m praying for you’ and I did pray. The thing is we never know what other people are really feeling or going through but God does. He uses us who know Him to be His disciples, to show people that He is real, He is there and He loves us. We do not have to do something big in order to do something extravagant for God or for others.
One of my favorite verses is Joshua 1:9, which states, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (ESV). I encourage you to hold on to this verse whenever you feel God promoting you to leave your comfort zone. Whatever leaving your comfort zone entails God is with you through it all. He loves you and wants to use you. Let Him.
I love you all and I’m praying for you today and everyday. Trust God, always