Last night I had an experience which I have every once in a while—I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. When this happens I usually get up and spend some time reading the Bible and praying. Last night I came across these verses:
The steps of a man are established by the Lord;
And He delights in his way.
When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong;
Because the Lord is the One who sustains him with His hand.
These verses were especially encouraging to me because I had a number of situations this past week which pushed me out of my comfort zone. When you are out of your comfort zone your situations are, by definition, uncomfortable, unpleasant, and even challenging.
I have to admit—I did not handle them well.
Rather than trusting that the Lord was establishing my steps, and so bringing Him pleasure, I gave in to anger, frustration and aggravation. I fell.
Last night, through the verses above, I received gospel comfort. Though I fell, the Lord protected me against being hurled headlong. Though I fell, the sustaining grace of the Lord was present with me.
The forgiveness and cleansing power of the gospel rescued me from guilt and shame that could keep me down and overwhelm me. That same powerful gospel can provide what I need to walk in the steps that the Lord establishes for me and so bring delight to Him.
Stepping out of my comfort zone—not something I particularly enjoy. But it’s in that zone that real change often occurs and, while it can be difficult, we are sustained in that zone by the hand of the gracious Lord.
Have you been out of your comfort zone lately?