Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Him, and He shall diProverbs 3:5-6 KJV
(GB, this is for you, and I bet I can write it in like 12 minutes…)
God’s been dealing with my fears. I don't like it. He doesn't care. He cares about me, but not at all about my fears, as long as they do not prevent me from seeking His Face. He also cares not at all about my comfort zone.
Today God blessed me to catch up with a dear friend who is about to step out in faith in a big way in pursuing her God-Sized Dream. She wanted some advice. Laughing, I warned her not to take anything I advised all that seriously…that I was not nearly as brave as she might think. I took no big steps forward towards Grace. I took no deep breath before diving into the “deep end.” Nope, that’s not my story. For me, it was far more a case of stumbling into the pool, butt first.
|Belonging to the Lord…that’s our comfort zone. |
All the rest needs refining, sometimes by fire.
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God placed within her a vision (which I’m happy to support, but more about that in a minute), and she is, in good Godly order, putting all the resources in place to move it forward. (That’s how it’s supposed to be done). I must admit, I wasn't really on board in the beginning. Here I am thinking I have a poker face (I usually do), and she caught that twitch I was trying so hard to suppress. Her perspective on this issue is as far from mine …“as far as the east is from the west...” Psalms 103:12 (NIV). Way out of my comfort zone. And there it is…. Your Comfort Zone?? God Cares Not…
She kept talking, and I kept spouting ideas. I even (bless God), spoke confirmation to a concept she had that she hadn’t shared. (I love God-incidences, don’t you?) Before my brain knew what my mouth had done, I even offered to write something for her, either as part of the launch or as part of the on-going ministry effort. I even recruited friends I haven't even spoken to yet. (Go, God).
Your Comfort Zone? God Cares Not. Your “politics??” Nope. Your perspective, or particular world view? Well, He cares for you, and knows that to be who you believe you are, but the reality is that you (we) belong wholly and solely to Him.
If we live, we live to the Lord: if we die, we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8 (Weymouth New Testament)
Belonging to the Lord…that’s our comfort zone. All the rest is, well, I imagine all the rest is what needs refining, sometimes by fire. As she talked more about her vision, God showed me that it was larger than my little world view. In so doing, I was reminded that the community to Faith is a big tent…we can agree to disagree if we are committed to Him. There is room in the Kingdom for all of us…those on the Right, those on the Left, those considering themselves squarely Centrists, and the Fringe. All the fringe.
Final thought-our God is bigger than sectarianism. Our God is bigger than denomination. (we created those divisions, He did not.) If your God is too small, maybe you’d better take another look. Not at Him, for you see, He Changes Not. Take another look, because may its time you did.
(You can accomplish a great deal in 12 minutes…and that’s all I’ll say about that…for now.)