We all need comfort from time to time. Life is hard. Things happen.
Isn’t that why we end up defining an area of our life as our “comfort zone?” I frequently read articles or sections of books where the author encourages us to move out of our comfort zones. We need to take risks, be courageous, try new things.
It’s a well-known fact that human beings seek safe places. Not just physically but emotionally as well. So we block off this area of our life and declare that it is our “comfort zone.” The place where we feel safe and where we have peace. Outside it could be dangerous, challenging… uncomfortable.
I want to suggest that the dangerous place is actually INSIDE our comfort zone. It’s where we have personally designed and defined what we need to feel safe. It’s where we have made our own rules.
Outside our comfort zone, we are at the mercy of the world, right?
Wrong. Outside our man-made comfort zone, the place where we’ve become our own comforter, is the place where we must call upon the Great Comforter. When we move outside the walls we’ve built to keep us safe, we are really moving into the place where we can receive true comfort. Everything else is artificial.
As long as we stay in our safe and secure fortress, we can never experience true comfort. God offers perfect comfort in every circumstance. How can I choose my own inadequate source of comfort when I could trade it for His just by stepping out of my comfort zone into His loving arms?
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3 (CSV)