22/03/2013

Giving Up Comfort for Destiny*

Posted in Encouragement, Finding Faith, Musings, Self-Awareness tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:21 am by The Water Bearer

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It took a long time for me to hit publish on my first post, 2 years in fact. I missed out on the wonderful Blogosphere for so long because it was so very far from my comfort zone. Have you missed out, while clinging to your comfort zone too? But isn’t it amazing when we do take a risk and perhaps experience a little discomfort, in order to bring something new and wonderful into our lives!

After the long list of times I have found success in my faith walk, you would think I might be more courageous. I have written many posts bursting with evidence of courage and victory, posts about standing on God’s promises, about speaking up for faith while risking my reputation. I have shared the amazing tale of trusting God with my premature Daughter. I have advised on all the ways to gain help from above, and many more, but my courage seems fickle sometimes.

I’ve noticed that most of these experiences seem to have emerged from the most desperate times in my life. Times I was fighting for my sanity, when I was fighting for my family’s & my safety, or I was fighting for a new life.boxing

It is much easier to choose to hand these types of situations over to God, because I know I have no control over them anyway.

Recently, God has been teaching me to let go of control in other ways, in areas that don’t threaten my life, or my sanity. Teaching me about sacrificing my ability to create comfort around me.

You see, I have this yearning inside me to go to the next level in my life, like destiny is calling my name so loudly it is deafening sometimes.

Yet, I have a good life. I am extremely blessed. I don’t have that desperation to HAVE TO change or improve anything with great intensity. Life is looking pretty damn good right now, and I am so grateful for that!

I guess I find myself at a point where I am scared of what I will have to give up in order to reach that next level. Sayings, which we have all heard a million times, are replaying in my mind, “Why fix something that is not broken” & “Don’t rock the boat!”. (Sigh*)

I read this awesome post Being Comfortable can Become Crippling and it hit me in the core of my being. It made me realise something profound.

I am crippled by my comfort!

The blogger replied to my comment, where I shared my recent predicament, and her words were simple, convicting and wonderful. I saw how our Inner enemies use our comfort as something we pursue, aimlessly following it wherever it takes us, yet while chasing after this comfort we miss out on the greater blessings and purpose given to us from above.

Her last few words gave me the kick in the pants I needed –

“It’s time to bust out of our comfort zone and jump into the lake of faith and swim. I know we don’t know how deep the water is, but God will be our floatation device. Trust Him!!!”

WOW! Right?

It is easy to fight against an opposition that is obvious, enemies that you can see threatening you, but we must go deeper and fight against those next level inner enemies, the ones that aren’t so blatant but just as damaging to the greater plan for our lives.

It is time to fight back against these tactics which hold us back. Time to break out of our comfort zone and see what we are really here for.

Lord I pray you show me how, guide me toward YOUR steps, and I will go, with your strength as my cane and your wings as my safety.

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7 Comments »

  1. coastalmom said,

    This was wonderful. I sent this to my husband’s aunt who is a talented writer and has so much to share. Her life is a testimony and her writing is above stellar. She has been dabbling with the idea of writing a blog and been hanging out a bit in mine trying to get her feet wet…. But thought this one was especially inspiring. So I cut and pasted it and sent it to her facebook. Thank you!!

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  2. songmistress said,

    Wow, indeed. I crave comfort and shrink away from and try desperately to escape/avoid pain. Such a great post. Thank you for sharing the kick in the pants.

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    • I hear you Songmistress! Avoiding pain & struggle is a constant battle in the flesh for us all. Yet we can not avoid the pain and struggle that are needed to be experienced in order for God to answer our very own prayers… We want to learn patience and then we reluctantly endure lengthy trials of working hard with not much reward in the beginning. Or we pray for joy and fulfillment and we run screaming from situations of suffering that bring us to a place of gratitude that breeds a joyful and fulfilled heart!! My Dad also used to say “Be careful what you pray for, as you may not have enough faith in the faith account to pay for it,” Man I miss hearing his wisdom since he went to heaven. Thank you for dropping in to check out my blog, I am so glad to have connected with you! Blessings to you!

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