Comfort Zones & Patience
Isaiah 55: 8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Comfort zones. I am all about them. I love being safe and comfortable e so much that I dread when someone either encourages or pushes me out of the safety wall I’ve put up. I am continually being pushed out of my comfort zones lately.
One of the many ways I have been pushed out of my comfort zone is when my volleyball coach who happens to be my school’s FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) sponsor encouraged me to speak at an FCA huddle that we have every Friday before school. I, at first, told her no, and she encouraged me to think about it and to ask my friend to speak with me. After talking with my friend, we decided that we would speak at a huddle in January.
My trip to Taiwan over Christmas break also pushed me out of my comfort zone. While I enjoyed every minute of it and did not want to leave, I was very nervous going into the trip. My top three anxiety points:I was gonna be the youngest of six girls on the trip;I hated speaking in front of people; I was going with a group of girls that I had never met. Little did I know that the very things that I was nervous for would push me out my comfort zone and would cause my relationship with Christ to grow. It reaffirm my calling to missions, and supplied me with a new group of amazing friends.
Through my trip to Taiwan, the Lord continues to push me out of my comfort zone by providing opportunities to speak to more people about my trip this past Christmas and my upcoming trip this summer. Through these experiences, I am also being taught to be patient. Patience is one of those things I lack most of the time, whether it is waiting in line or waiting on an important email. I hate waiting, but it’s in this time of waiting that I have been reminded by several friends that it is God’s time to prepare me for what is to come.