According to Dictionary.com, discomfort is the absence of comfort or ease. It also deals with hardship or mild pain.
In this faith walk, we often times experience discomfort. It isn’t something I necessarily enjoy going through, but it is required for us to grow in Christ. It requires for us to change or to evolve.
When we are new babes in Christ, there still may be things that we still do that might not be pleasing in the eye sight of the Lord. But when the relationship grows and we start to learn more about His ways for us, eventually we have to get rid of those old behaviors so we can be more like Him.
Speaking from experience, there were times when I struggled with change because of the fear of the unknown. There have been times when a change was announced and I would instantly go into panic mode instead of praying for peace. How foolish of me to worry about things before they even happened. How foolish of me to worry in general!
Think about the position you’re in right now at your job. Think about the classes you’re taking in school. Think about the city that you're living in. Do you see yourself being there forever? I bet you can answer no to at least one of those scenario’s. Well in order to go to that next position, class or city, you have to go higher. Going higher requires you to get uncomfortable.
From his devotional, “Right People, Right Place, Right Plan”, Pastor Jentezen Franklin speaks on discomfort by giving an example of an eagle and her eaglets. Here’s a great viewpoint Pastor Franklin gave that truly made me think.
“When a mother eagle wants her eaglets to learn how to fly, she begins to tear up the nest. She removes the animal fur to expose briars and thorns. Suddenly, the nest isn’t such a comfortable place anymore, so the eaglets quickly decide to stretch their wings and learn to soar.”
When God calls us to change, it’s to make us better. It’s not to punish us or cause harm to us, even though we may think that originally.
Whenever I’m nervous or feel out of my comfort zone, I remember when I went away for college. I was excited to move, but when it got closer to the time, I was scared to leave the nest. I cried for days when my parents left me to go back to Jacksonville. But after a while, things got easier. I found a church to attend, joined the gospel choir at the university and joined a community service organization. I’ve grown so much as a woman since leaving home. I don’t believe my growth would’ve happened if I decided to stay where I was. I look back and say, “Wow God, thank you for the discomfort during that time. It wasn’t easy but it was so worth it.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
When you're going through a situation that will cause discomfort, I encourage you to trust in the Lord. He will be right next to you during the transition. It’s not supposed to feel good. If it were, then you would probably be the first person to sign up or everyone would be doing it. On this faith walk, there will be many times God will tell us to do something whether we want to or not. You have to decide if you want to elevate or stay stagnant. I choose to elevate. Being stagnant gets boring very quickly. Imagine if Abraham told God no when God told him to leave his family to go to an unknown land. He would not have been blessed, period! There is beauty in discomfort. There is beauty in obeying God over our own desires.
I’m currently trusting God and believing that within the next few months God will provide for the ideas He has placed in my heart. I know I heard from God about this specific thing because of my relationship with Him and because of the confirmations and peace I’ve received. Right now, reasonably speaking, it seems impossible. But I serve a God that makes the impossible, POSSIBLE! Will It be easy? I’m not sure, but I know God is leading the way if there is some discomfort.
So I encourage you all to keep pushing through the mild pain. Keep pushing through the uneasiness. It’s all for a greater purpose. Level Up.