You've heard the expression, "Bloom where you're planted," right? That's not always the easiest or the most intuitive thing to do though. When we moved to Florida four years ago we didn't know a soul here. I guess I wasn't as intimidated by that as the fact that eventually, I'd have to meet and get to know people. I'm not shy by any means, but I can be a bit of an introvert. I'd be pretty happy just staying home for days on end and doing "jammie days", not that it ever actually happens.
The thought of having to make friends here was a little overwhelming to me, but I knew I'd need to do it, and honestly, I wanted friends here, I just didn't want to go through the process to get the friends. LOL, that probably sounds bad, but it's me being 100% transparent.
At some point early on in us settling here God put me on that path. I took a job with a small Ministry, and that launched me into a couple of new friendships. We established in a new church and I joined some small groups there which also helped me to develop new friendships, some of these first relationships I established are still prevalent in my life today.
Now, none of this made me very comfortable. In fact, it made me quite uncomfortable at first, but as I got to know people, the comfort set in, and wouldn't you know it, about the time I was comfortable with new friends in our church, God started stirring us, and soon we were off on a new adventure. A church across town is where we landed, and God wasn't done stirring things up for me.
We've been in our "new church" 18 months now, and I'm still meeting people and making friends, and it's still uncomfortable. When God moved us this last time, He had also just called my husband into ministry, and so that meant my husband, who is NOT a social butterfly, suddenly became a social butterfly, and that intimidated me and made me pull back and become suddenly more reserved. It made absolutely no sense for who I am and how I typically behave, and still, I went into my shell. It was my somewhat antisocial husband who encouraged me to get up, get out, and make more friends in our new church. I've begun to do that at this point, and I still find it extremely uncomfortable, and in that discomfort, I know we are exactly where God wants us.
If you think God wants you comfortable, boy do you have it all wrong. I hate to pick on people (and I'm not trying to) but we all have our comfort zones, and it's difficult getting out of them, but do you realize that's exactly what God wants? He wants us uncomfortable because when we get comfortable we get complacent, and when we get complacent we start to compromise. God doesn't like compromise, and He doesn't want you doing it. He doesn't want me doing it either. Trusting Him and stepping out when we can't see what we're stepping into is the key. It's very difficult, for some more than others. Even for someone like me who isn't typically antisocial, or shy, it can be difficult. I always know though if I'm feeling out of my comfort zone, it's God nudging me.
How has God made you uncomfortable lately? Where is your comfort zone and where is God taking you? I urge you to trust the Lord and His plan. If he's uprooted you and planted you somewhere new, bloom there! He's pushing you to do His work and His will, and He wants you to trust that He has it all under control, and He wants you engaged and sharing your life with others. Whether that means making friends, having coffee with new friends to foster the relationships being built, or following a dream and laying everything out for the world to see (or read) trust that He's taken you to where you are in this moment for a reason, and it's a BIG reason His plans are far greater than ours. He wants to use every aspect of our lives for His Glory.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8-9
I want to be an encouragement to you today to embrace change, and when you're out of your comfort zone, take it to the Lord in prayer and listen to His direction. Usually, it's Him stirring things up for a reason. That reason might be to grow you personally in Him, but it might have less to do with you and more to do with the kingdom. Listening is key. When you pray, talk to Him, but be sure you're also listening to Him.
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Until we meet again, be blessed.
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