People, myself included, often complain when are things an itty bitty bit uncomfortable. It bothers us when a situation is a bit awkward or doesn’t go exactly right. We get caught up in the details of a scenario and let it get to us, like a parasite burrowing into our skin (Gross, I know). Whether it is us or someone else who says or does something uncomfortable, we freeze like a popsicle and don’t do anything to make the moment better.
Here’s what I have to say about that: GET OVER IT. I sincerely believe that most people, myself included, are too concerned with being comfortable. We want everything to be easy and smooth. We want every interaction to be flawless. Guess what? That’s not real life. Real life is hard. It’s not smooth. There are bumps. There are difficult times. There are shocks. If we just expected things to be uncomfortable sometimes, we would be better at handling those situations.
If we struggle with being uncomfortable when simple, daily interactions go awry, how will we handle it when God asks us to be uncomfortable?
As Christians, God often calls us to be uncomfortable. He calls us to new cities, states, and countries. He calls us to apply for new jobs, form new friendships and to reach out and love those that we would rather avoid. He calls us to speak the truth with love, and to have difficult conversations with others. He asks us to be open about our sins, our brokenness and our shortcomings. God wants us to be honest about how much we need Him. He wants us to be vulnerable, to give freely and love openly. He calls us to be there for our fellow humans, even when it isn’t easy or convenient. God leads us into situations where we don’t know what to say or do. God leads us to what we fear most or are most unprepared for. God leads us to where we are uncomfortable so that we must trust Him. He guides us to be uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable is the place where we grow to trust God’s plan. Uncomfortable is where we grow in our faith. God makes us uncomfortable so that He can make us more Christlike.
So on your Christian journey, prepare to be uncomfortable. Things aren’t going to be easy. Things are going to be worth it. The trials, challenges and difficulties are for our benefit, so that we can be mature and firm in our faith, so that God may continue to use us to farther His Kingdom. Paul and James even call us to be joyful in our discomfort. There’s something I know I can work on.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; – Romans 5:3-4
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4