Obedience Over Comfort
Sometimes we can believe the lie that doing the right thing should feel good or that God will remove the weight from hard obedience. We want following Jesus to be tidy and cozy. We can look in the face of a challenging decision and cuddle up to our chains. We become bound by fear and comfort. We, particularly as ladies, may choose to accessorize our complacent Christianity with the handcuffs of security and familiarity. Often times I am guilty of that, but those things shackle us to a life as marginal believers.
In Joshua 1:9, God tells Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua was faced with a hard obedience. God told him to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Based on the number of times God tells him to be courageous, he was obviously afraid. I bet he begged God to choose someone else. I’m certain he felt good about staying chained to what was comfortable. He was probably hesitant to walk in the new, but he did. Because he did, he led God’s people to experience all that God had promised. He himself enjoyed the fulfillment of those promises because he embraced the change to which God called him.
A Season of Change
The past year has been full of new experiences for my family and me—probably the most adventurous year of our lives. Last August, God called my husband into ministry, called our family to Anderson, and the wild ride began. We had two weeks to move. The past eight months have gone a little like this: We found a furnished house for rent in Anderson in the school zone we wanted. We left our house fully staged, put it on the market, and it was under contract in nine days. We packed the barest of necessities in a small U-haul and left our home of thirteen years. We left friendships, family, jobs, and most of all, comfort. Our daughters started a new school three days after we moved. I changed jobs with the move. My husband left corporate America for full-time ministry, and after we sold our house, we moved all of our belongings to storage—where they remain.
Whew! I love new, but really? Even though God has been so beyond faithful and people have loved us well, change is still hard. I grossly underestimated the impact of picking up our family and moving. It was right in every possible way, but still difficult.
Signs of Growth
There’s a lot of spiritual value in the change that God calls us to. Sometimes change is a sign that growth is happening—like now as nature is returning to life after winter. Buds and blossoms signal growth, but sometimes change—like in our case—is the catalyst for growth. It asks us to drop our chains of fear and walk in the new.
The same is true for me in this move, and the same is true for you. God is faithful and He can be trusted. To what new place is He calling you? Unhand the chains that feel hauntingly safe, and walk in the new that God is calling you.
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