Throughout my life I have tried very hard to avoid doing anything that is too difficult or too painful. I like to stay within my little comfort zone, where everything is safe, easy and relatively pain free.
Staying in the safe places that we build for ourselves will not allow for any growth in our lives. You see growth usually comes from the times in our lives where we are stretched and challenged. Safe and easy does not teach us anything, but difficulties and pain more often than not bring a whole lot of growth, strength and perseverance.
God sometimes calls us to do things that may be difficult and painful. But He has created us not to have a spirit of fear and timidity but to have His peace and courage upon us. Which means we can do the difficult and painful things with Him constantly by our side leading us through them.
Through those difficult and painful situations we will begin to grow closer in relationship with Him, grow in our relationship with others and grow in character and strength. The growth possibilities are endless but we will never experience the wonderful season of growth unless we attempt the difficult and painful things. Unless we step out of our little safe zones and step out into the big wide world.
I recently read this verse in the bible and its words just jumped off the page and leaped right into my heart…
So when I tried to understand it all, I just couldn’t. It was too puzzling – too much of a riddle for me. But then , one day I was brought into the sanctuaries of God, and in the light of the glory, my distorted perspective vanished. Psalm 73 verse 17 – 18
I am now entering into a season that will have its many difficulties and its painful moments. Before, this thing that I had in my heart to do seemed too difficult and too painful for me to even begin to attempt. The thing that has changed for me is that I went into the sanctuary of God and He changed my perspective of the thing I had in my heart to do, the very thing that God was calling me to do.
When you enter into the sanctuary of the Lord, when you come into His presence He begins to fill you with His love, peace and strength. He spoke courage straight into my heart and soul and now I feel that I can now face anything. I have faith in God that He will never leave or abandon me through these difficult times, that He will constantly provide the lamp to my feet guiding me each step of the way. He will give me His strength to deal with the difficult situations and painful feelings that I may face and have to endure.
God has remained faithful to me time and time again and He will not fail me now. So here I am bravely stepping out into the unknown once again, bravely stepping out into difficult and possibly painful situations but they are being made easier to face because I can hear God calling me into it and He will go with me so what am I to fear when the almighty King, the great I am is on my side.