I believe that 2017 will hold tremendous blessings for those who are willing to leave the safety of the shores and venture outside of their comfort zones. They may even find that they get lost along the way and that’s a really good thing. I believe He wants us to lose some things along the way. Specifically, I believe He wants us to lose our comfort zones and our comfort items. His main goal for our lives is NOT to make us comfortable even though many of us make our decisions based on what will bring the most comfort into our lives. We just don’t like to be uncomfortable.
I’m reminded of the movie The Truman Show when talking about comfort zones. Truman was so used to living within the bounderies of his comfort zone that he was oblivious that he lived most of his life on an immense tv set. Great fear is used to keep Truman from venturing too close to the bounderies. It’s only through the most uncomfortable situations spurring questions that make him search for truth that brings freedom in the end. He found out there was MORE to life than what he was currently living. I believe many are feeling that same thing tug within their spirits right now.
Our comfort zone was never intended to be attached to the people, places, or things in our lives. There is such a thing as becoming too comfortable in life, to the point of entertaining apathy and passivity. Our comfort zone was, however, intended to be attached to the Holy Spirit who is called “the comforter” for a very good reason. The comfort that comes from the Holy Spirit is empowering and brings a security that spurs us forward in faith. There is nothing passive or apathetic about the comfort that comes from the Holy Spirit. He will not coddle you to sleep with your favorite security blanket.
Sometimes if He sees us getting too attached to people, He will have to orchestrate an earthly “abandonment”which is God’s version of an intervention. This is when ALL your earthly support people disappear for absolutely no reason at all. You are left standing there in bewilderment with questions and confusion swirling around you as you try to figure out what just happened.
Through the fog of new territory you havent walked before and with your heart breaking from what you believe to be a great betrayal from those closest to you, you find yourself safely tucked up onto the lap of Jesus. His arms are wrapped tightly around you as he whispers “I love you” and for the first time you don’t need a person to tell you that in order for you to believe it for you are hearing it from the source of love Himself. You will notice from this place of intimacy you will start to hear His heartbeat. As you listen to His heart you will start to understand His ways and at some point, without you even realizing it, you will find your hearts are insync.
The truth is that you haven’t been abandoned, you have been beckoned…into His arms and into His heart. What happens during this season is vital to your identity and to your destiny. The intimacy you will find will make all earthly intimacy pale by comparison. You will never go back to needing people in order to be comfortable again. Your comfort zone is found in His arms and He now has your permission to take you anywhere in the world He chooses because you now know He goes with you.
You are being trained to become comfortable in the places of discomfort. You will now carry comfort into the uncomfortable situations, you will bring peace into chaos, the light into the darkness, the life into the dead places, freedom to the captives, a love that casts out fear, healing to the sick, etc. You change the atmosphere by bringing Him into the room and He changes everything.
This is not a call for more of Him and less of me, it is a holy radical call for ALL of Him and none of me. As we completely die to self we will find our need for earthly comfort has also died. We will walk in a freedom that we have never known before. A freedom that will empower us to truly live as we venture out of our comfort zone and deeper into His heart.