10 Things That Make Us Uncomfortable:
9. When someone speaks out of turn (when someone doesn’t know what they are talking about or delivers a back-handed compliment)
8. TMI ( too much information)
7. Cussing in daily public conversation
5. Questions that should NOT be asked
4. Listening to someone sing poorly
3. Flashing police car lights
2. Noise that is not attributable to anything
You can add your own #1. Some people might say: holding people’s sweaty hands while praying. Yuck. Or when MY hands sweat while someone is holding them. Double yuck.
One thing is for sure. If you are going to live on broken-earth very long you have to accept discomfort.
You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
When we try to reach out and listen for God it can be uncomfortable. It can feel, at first, like trying to snuggle into a big arm chair made of stone.
Wait a minute.
That’s not cozy.
We are used to things going a certain way (see Expectations)…relating to God a certain way (see Radar)…being in control- which is definitely more comfortable (see Control)…and finding comfort and happiness where WE like to find it (see Treasures.) We are used to OUR way. Other ways aren’t as comfortable because they aren’t as familiar.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. — Isaiah 55:8
Listening for God, trying to discern what is His voice and what isn’t, is uncomfortable.
But uncomfortable is ok. Uncomfortable is temporary. If we persevere, new and beautiful things will happen. Growth takes place. No one grows in comfort. Growth stretches us…muscles tear and heal stronger…bones ache….but this discomfort comes from change. It comes from changing from what was old and comfortable- but is now too small to accomplish its task- to something bigger, stronger.
3Not only so, but wec also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.– Romans 5:3-5