Running Out Of Your Comfort Zone

I turned 46 last month.h

More days are in my past, than will probably be in my future.

Now, I might live into my 90s, but probably not. That is a rather sobering thought, actually.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about my life, what I have accomplished, what I’ve done that truly has made a difference, other lives I have touched, and how I’ve influenced my circle of family and friends.

These types of thoughts are nothing new to me. I am what I like to call a “silent thinker”. I ponder much more than I say aloud, not that I don’t talk, because I do. My husband thinks, maybe too much. Overall, I think about things more often than I talk about them.

Writing is my therapy. I am able to get things typed out, process my thoughts, as they flow across my laptop screen. Sometimes, I surprise even myself.

Life is comfortable for me right now. It wasn’t always that way. I am grateful for this time, believe me.

But, I don’t think God allows any of us to stay in our comfort zones for too long.

Not because He doesn’t love us, and wants to scare us, or make us miserable.

Quite the contrary.

He doesn’t allow us to stay there precisely because He does love us……and He made us to be extraordinary.

Maybe not extraordinary by this world’s standards, but most definitely by His.

I have consciously said, “yes” to God more than once. Yes, to whatever His desires are for me. His plans, His ways, His choice.

At times when I really take a moment to consider this I get a bit nervous…that the God of the universe has my number.

I consider taking my yes back, but I don’t.

I am reminded of His great and everlasting love for me. I allow that thought to comfort me.

God has a plan. A perfect plan. We all have a part in His plan. Sometimes I wish He would fill me in on things a bit more than He does, but, really, it is not about me or what I want. It is about what He wants.

This whole life is for His glory alone.

In all honesty, I don’t know the plan. I don’t know what lays ahead for me, and that is okay.

God is good and He will show me, one day at a time.

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This post was inspired by a story I read today. A runner. A world traveler. A woman whose eyes were opened to a new life. You can read all about it, here.

 

 

An Act Of Obedience

Bonnie, at Faith Barista, picked my word for the year for this weeks prompt. You can read about it here.

Yes!

Yes! (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)

The word is “yes”.

True, I did make a post on this a couple of weeks ago but, there is still much that I can say about this particular word. A short, yet powerful word.

Yes comes easy, when it is in response to something I want to do.  Can’t we all say that? Wouldn’t it be great if life was always the easy yes? The “Oh, sure”, “I’d love to”, or “It would be my pleasure” and really mean it.

But, I’m going to be real here. Pour it all out.

Sometimes I bleed the yes. It is painful and hard. I’m scared and unsure. Every fiber of my being wants to shout “NO”, but because I’ve been practicing the yes for years now, I whisper it anyway.

The whisper can come, small and quiet. Only God and I hear it. He knows my heart. He knows my struggles. He knows the yes is an act of faith and a word of worship.

Although it can be, most of the time the yes isn’t a response to a certain thing. It is instead, a response to God, Himself. It is trust in the One who I know is Sovereign, in control, has a plan and a future for me, loves me, and will allow me to glorify Him, through this choice, this yes, that I offer.

I think about Abraham. Many, many years ago, he said “yes” to God. It could not have been easy.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  Hebrew 11: 8 NIV
Yes, is always an act of obedience.
Even when I’m not sure of the outcome, or the task ahead is daunting, I can rest in Him.
The One who hears the heart.