Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

Don’t you just love that feeling of being comfortable?

I know I do

Wearing your favourite jarmies

Snuggled up in a blanket

On the couch

Eating snacks while

Watching Netflix

Ahh…bliss

Then you realise, you’ve got to pee

(I know that was a little bit overshare folks, sorry)

But it’s true

You wait for a while…

Another episode of House of Cards

Maybe two

Hoping that uncomfortable feeling goes away

But it just gets worse

 

GET COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE

I can imagine the disciples felt the same way most of the time

Not about the Netflix and peeing thing…

Sheeesh!

What I mean is

That they probably hoped the uncomfortable feelings they experienced

While doing life with Jesus, would slowly go away

You know,

That He’d make it more comfortable for them by

Not telling the Pharisees that they’re a brood of vipers

Or, turning over tables in the temple

Be nice and play-it-safe, Jesus – please!

But here’s the thing

He didn’t

And Jesus made darn sure that those disciples of His

Got comfortable with being uncomfortable

Because if they didn’t

They’d be about as much use to Him as a chocolate teapot

Look at the story in Mark chapter 4

‘…Jesus suggested they cross over to the other side of the lake. With Jesus already in the boat, they left the crowd behind and set sail along with a few other boats that followed.’ (Mark 4:35-36)

The disciples though nothing of it

A comfortable task

But Jesus was just warming up

‘As they sailed, a storm formed. The wind whipped up huge waves that broke over the bow, filling the boat with so much water that even the experienced sailors among them were sure they were going to sink.’ (Mark 4:37)

This is a very, very uncomfortable situation

Where even the ‘experienced sailors’ are freaking out!

But the truth is, if the disciples wanted a nice, comfortable life

They shouldn’t have gotten in the boat with Jesus in the first place

Because He never said being a true disciple of His was going to be comfortable

We need to understand something

That when we make the decision to join Jesus in the boat

We’ve said goodbye to the ‘comfortable life’

We need to start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

Because Jesus is looking for disciples who have weathered a few storms in their life

Experienced Sailors who don’t freak out

When the storm hits

When the strong winds whip up huge waves

When the boat is taking in water

And when you think you’re going under

We need to trust the One who commands the wind and the waves to be quiet

Plus

A calm sea never made a skilful Sailor, (or disciple)

So

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

Because that’s when Jesus can show you the miracles

 

Wendy xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wendy Parker

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