There is a thought scraping around inside me this morning. It is the notion of being uncomfortable.
So the elders of the church did something new...they didn't just plaster happy smiles on their faces and demand the congregation soldier on. They set aside yesterday morning for prayer and worship and the coolest part- an open mike at the front of the auditorium for people to come and share whatever they wished...a word, some scripture, their brokenness, or maybe some encouragement. About twenty people shared- some made us smile or nod our heads in agreement, others made us cry resonating their pain in our own hearts. My Onnie even shared...she is terrified of speaking in public but she marched right up visibly shaking and said- "I don't like speaking in public, so I am gonna let God's word speak for me". Then she read verses out of James. It was beautiful and I was proud.
Ron Martin, a respected and wise leader in the church, brought up the uncomfortable bit...the part I can't get out of my mind. Here are my thoughts on it:
Being uncomfortable isn't fun. It certainly isn't what we would choose for ourselves...we would surround ourselves with endless security and a static environment if we could, yes? But there's no growth in that. No chance for God to reshape our insides, molding melting erasing all that keeps us from being all He has created us to be. Hint: All He has for us is beyond the greatest we can even fathom for ourselves...He made us, every detail of our being, all creative unique...and He knows exactly what will fulfill and satisfy our deepest needs and desires.
As you know if you've been reading my blog more than a week, I do not like change. Sometimes I enjoy the chaos of change...all adrenaline pushing me toward a goal...but the actual change...newness different unknown...of change, terrifies me. I suppose that's because I've lived long enough to know change doesn't always work out for the better immediately. It usually does in the end but it's all the painful in between which freezes me solid.
But what if we could chance being uncomfortable for a season? What would we gain? I believe we would gain wisdom insight clarity strength and patience. Being open and available to all we have dreamed but never chanced to hope might come true. Hmm.