Three things I like about my comfort zone: It’s mine. It’s all about comfort. It’s contained within a well-boundaried zone.
My comfort zone is safely in my protective control for my benefit and ease. It’s all cozy and warm and fuzzy. I like it. I like it a lot.
So, when God invades my nice little zone and disrupts my nice little plan…
Well, I don’t have to tell you. You have your own story.
And it probably starts with “by faith”.
By faith, we tread into the unknown. By faith, we plunge headfirst into risky endeavors far bigger than we can actually do. By faith, we leave, grieve, cleave, believe.
By faith, we please God.
A quick drive through Hebrews 11 makes clear the standard for pleasing God is not our success but our obedience. When God asks you and me to do crazy big things, a primary objective of that ask is to enlarge our trust in Him. He enlarges our soul to love Him and love our neighbor. And when we do those two things well, the world gets turned upside down.
Comfort zones are different than limits. Limits are what we bump up against. Limited capacity, resources, and opportunities cause us to posture our soul to see God’s awe-inspiring provision.
He tells you to stretch out your hand, take your mat and walk, go to the river and wash, leave everything you know for a far-away land.
Enlarge your tent, Sweetie, and watch in wonder what I will do.
You are the personal friend of the God who feeds thousands with one little boy’s lunch, turns plain water into fine wine, sets the captive free, speaks life into the dead, creates “wow” out of nothing.
So, take a brave step out of your comfort zone into the wild expanses of God’s plan. Watch Him abundantly provide far beyond the scarcity of your own resources and abilities. Feel Him hang on to you as you cross that tight rope. See Him enlarge your capacity and influence for the sake of others.
Ah, that’s it, right? My comfort zone is all about me staying safe and cozy. His plan is all about transforming the world. Be full of courage, sister, when He says, “Time to go big!” You are part of a bold, audacious, wonder-filled plan.
God has asked Velvet Ashes to take a big, audacious step of faith for the sake of you, the Sisterhood of Risk Takers, who have stepped way out of comfort zones to be a part of His big, audacious plan for this world.
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