Comfortably Close

Loose-fitting T-shirt? Check. Comfy black stretchy yoga pants? Check. Barefeet? Check. Perfect temperature? Check. Diet Dr. Pepper within reach? Check. Recliner engaged? Check.

Uh, yes please. Epitome of comfort. I want to go to there.

 Ahhhh… I love to be comfortable.  I am gonna take a guess that you do too. Take a moment to think about when you are most comfortable… Where are you? What are you wearing? What makes you comfortable? It is an INCREDIBLE feeling. What more could we ask for?

Believe it or not, we CAN ask for more… We can ask for God to make us uncomfortable. But that is really, really hard for us (ok, me) to swallow. Seriously, just the THOUGHT of being uncomfortable on purpose makes my stomach flop. Every inch of my flesh screams… Bu..Bu…But… Nooooo!!! I don’t wanna! (Insert two-year-old stomping tantrum here.) If I am comfortable, I would love nothing more than to stay like that—for as long as possible.

But staying comfortable sometimes leads to complacency. If we are comfortable and we don’t NEED anything else, why would we seek the Lord? We have it all handled and we feel fine right where we are. Pshaw. TOO. EASY.

A while back, I blogged about praying for faith like Abraham.  (Read the post “No More Cornflakes here for the full story.) This concept of praying to be uncomfortable is just as challenging as requesting faith as strong as Abraham. But when we are uncomfortable, whether that be physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritual… THAT then when we have the greatest opportunity to be closest to God.

 When we are uncomfortable… we realize our weaknesses.

When we are uncomfortable… we seek the Lord more than before.

When we are uncomfortable… we understand God’s goodness and faithfulness at a deeper level.

When we are uncomfortable… we have an opportunity to glorify God.

Think about folks you might know who have answered an uncomfortable call to be obedient to Christ. I am sure that most missionaries, ministers or Christians don’t go where the Lord has called them expecting to be comfortable. (Although that would be a pretty sweet perk. And motivating.) But when we become uncomfortable—we discover that we can be oh-so-comfortably close to Christ.

Confession:  Sometimes, (ok, a lot of the time) I am uncomfortable in my role as a minister. As a writer. As an army wife. As a speaker. But it is in those moments when I feel closest to God.

When was the last time you were uncomfortable? What did God do for you in that season? I would LOVE to hear about it. Share your experiences by leaving a comment below.

Do you have the courage to pray for God to make you uncomfortable? Drop what you are doing right now and pray: “Lord… Please overcome my flesh-goal of maintaining comfort, and if it is Your Will, make me uncomfortable for Your Glory.” 

You don’t have to sell everything you own and move overseas. (Unless of course He tells you to.)  Comfort levels differ for everyone. Perhaps your level of comfort will simply be asking the cashier how you can pray for them today. Or maybe it is helping out a neighbor who is, uh, less than cooperative. Consider any opportunities that God might be calling you to step out and be uncomfortable.

One thing is for certain—no matter how uncomfortable The Call might make us or how far it takes us from our recliner, yoga pants and Diet Dr. Pepper… If we answer our call, it can make us more comfortably close to Christ than ever before.

Comforted by being uncomfortable,

“For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” –Matthew 11:30 (AMP)

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16 thoughts on “Comfortably Close

  1. Unfortunately I’m too familiar with those “I don’t wanna!” moments. (Actually had one yesterday about our upcoming trip to El Salvador.)

    But if I truly want to do what God is calling me to do, I’ve got to let go of “comfortable”. Your list is helpful with that.

    The recliner and the Diet Dr. Pepper–that sounds good too. 🙂

    • I know, right? I have I don’t wanna moments almost daily 🙂 But Jesus always pulls me forward… and makes me comfortable in the uncomfortable!

  2. I needed to hear this today!
    I may read it 100 times so I can process and digest each sentence.
    thank you!! (o:
    ❤ Thank you!!!

  3. Convicting. It’s a post that needs reread to truly allow it to seep into my heart. God has been working on me and I believe He ordained me to read this. Thank you for writing truth.

    • So incredibly thankful that this post spoke to you, Pamela. It’s a hard thing for us to embrace– but so worth it!

  4. I really liked this post. Actually, I have referred to my blog as .my “coming out” blog. I have been uncomfortable telling people about my faith. For years I just never mentioned it, even though it is such a huge part of me. I wanted to spend one year writing about faith and doubt, because I experience one with the other, yet I believe. I am enjoying it, but sometimes I wonder where it will go. I find, outside of church friends, faith seems to embarrass people. They tend to look away. You lose eye contact.In some ways it would be easier to confess a belief in alien abductions. Thanks for the post. It spoke well to me.

    • Talking about faith is HARD. I remember the days just a few years ago when I couldn’t mention Jesus without feeling awkward. And now we write about Him! Talk about becoming comfortably close.

  5. Momma Lex

    Wow-this is so timely, as was the message in church yesterday. I feel like God just hit me on the head, gently of course. I am feeling really uncomfortable thinking about talking to someone very near and dear to me about their salvation. I have talked to them before but I am feeling God calling me to talk to her again and I’m really feeling uncomfortable. She believes but hasn’t made a personal commitment and when I asked her if she was going to heaven she said probably not-my heart just broke!! Our message Sunday was about hell and I don’t want anyone to go there!! Please pray for me to let God do the speaking….

  6. Thank you for challenging me to grow out of my “comfort zone.” I need a gentle nudge (ok, sometimes a push of the cliff!) more often than not.

    • Nudge, cliff push… both get the job done, right? Thankful that Jesus is there to catch us in our uncomfortable journey!

  7. Yup…..I used to feel really uncomfortable when God called me out of my comfy zone. In recent years, however, He’s nudged me so much that I would feel more uncomfortable if He stopped! I guess I’d say that I’m comfortable in my discomfort.

    • Ooooo that’s a great point, Brent. (AKA Dude Reader.) It would feel super weird and uncomfy if He stopped nudging. Love that thought!

  8. fullherlife

    Thanks for sharing Sharita girl!
    As I continue on this journey of getting to know God more, I find myself becoming increasingly “comfortable” in the normally “uncomfortable” places. Praise God, and keep sharing what He’s doing in you! ~ Blessings, Amy

    • I’m right there with you, sister– even since I began blogging, I am getting more bold each day with sharing my faith. Thanks for your support! Love ya.

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