I like to be comfortable in my comfort zone with my comfortable feelings and no awkward situations and I know exactly what to expect and how to act.
Well, a little over 2 months ago, my comfortable little bubble of life got popped when I said, “I do” and moved to Tampa to start a brand new life with my husband. After the first week of moving in and getting the house situated the way we wanted it, reality set it.
My husband returned to work, we found a church, I started back to school, and got a new job. Everything was so new and extremely uncomfortable. There is nothing I hate more than being the new girl and now I was the new girl everywhere I went. The excitement had worn off and a huge wave of insecurity set into motion. I became insecure about everything—the way I looked, talked, prayed, smiled, acted, smelled, and the list goes on and on. I started to slide in a pool of self-pity and uncertainty.
I was so focused on my own uncomfort that I was missing out on all that God had blessed me with in this new city. I refused to be happy if I could not be comfortable. But God did not give up on me.
Now here I am 2 months into being a new wife with all these new adventures ahead of me and beginning to climb out of the pit of insecurity that I let Satan throw me into. God has allowed the blinders on my heart and mind to slowly be removed and my joy has been awakened to the beauty of my surroundings.
Suddenly everything that I hated about Tampa, I am loving. I have met some amazing people to pour into my life and pull me in close to the heartbeat of Jesus. I have a job that allows me to work the availability that I need and be a light to those around me. I have a church that loves me and supports me. I have a husband who has been so incredibly patient with me and shown me Jesus even in my lowest moments of our marriage so far. I am happier than I have ever been… but I would have never gotten to this point if I had not been uncomfortable.
Satan likes us to be comfortable. He wants us to be happy with where we are so that we feel satisfied with our relationships, churches, and lives.
Breaking out of our comfort bubbles is not fun. It’s awkward and weird and terrifying. I had no clue how I was going to manage all these new changes but now I realize that I was not trusting God to lead me, I was relying on myself.
Sometimes we choose to step out of our comfort for Christ’s glory and other times God pushes us out for our own good. Either way, things are going to happen to make us uncomfortable, it is unavoidable.
God wants good for us, the best, but sometimes getting to His best means putting our comfort aside and stepping out on faith, trusting that He will lead us to where we should be.
Being uncomfortable is a good thing because it gives us a chance to grow and to experience things we could never have known inside our comfort bubble. God did not put us on this Earth to be comfortable, but to spread His love to the nations, even when we do not want to.
Knowing that God is walking through this life with us, day by day, is the only comfort we should never want to step out of.
Different seasons of life bring hard and uncomfortable things to struggle through, but what if we started looking at "uncomfort" as an opportunity to glorify our Maker? Yes, I know, it is not always that easy and that is why it is so important to have friends and family surrounding us to remind us that the "uncomfort" is temporary but Jesus is forever.
I hope this encourages you if you are walking through an unknown season of life where everything is uncomfortable and awkward and you really do not know what to do or where to go or where you fit in. But here is what I have learned, I can choose to be uncomfortable and allow God to use my uncomfort to guide me to His will or I can choose my own comfort and remain unused.
If you know someone who is struggling with being uncomfortable with where they are in life, I encourage you to reach out to them, support them, and be push them towards the cross.
Have a great week and know that uncomfortable circumstances can be a blessing in disguise!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.