Hi……….my name is Wayne………..and I’m a recovering caution-olic.
See what I did there?
I know that’s not proper English, but when it comes to describing my personality, it’s pretty spot on. I’ve always been one to air on the side of caution, in nearly every aspect of my life. It’s taken quite some time for me to even peek my head out of my shell, let alone come out of it completely.
So as you can imagine, I’ve heard plenty of well-meaning people emphasize to me the importance of coming out of my “comfort zone”. Preachers in particular absolutely love to include this notion in their sermons. And being a church kid, and having heard this idea preached for most of my life, I believed for the longest time that God was obsessed with making me uncomfortable.
There is some merit to this notion, and it certainly preaches well, but I’ve come to the conclusion now that it’s an incomplete concept.
Why? Because comfort is one of the things that God does best.
It’s no coincidence that God is referred to as the God of “all comfort” in 2 Corinthians 1:3. In other words, there is no real comfort apart from God. Anybody who has a real relationship with Him can attest to this fact.
I think it’s safe to conclude then that God is not in the business of making us uncomfortable for the fun of it. Instead, I believe He uses our pain, our sorrow, our discomfort, to draw us into His arms…where He longs to comfort us like no one else ever could.
To put it another way, it’s not just about coming out of our comfort zone: it’s about moving into His comfort zone.
So go ahead…make yourself comfortable.