Words from the Pastors - Sam Bell

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Are You Comfortable?

by Sam Bell

Do you enjoy being put in uncomfortable situations? I don’t think many of us seek out the uncomfortable, but there is something to be said with how God is able to shape and mold us when we allow ourselves to break out of our regular habits and routines.

January of my Grade 12 year, my friend Cory turned to me one night with this look in his eye and said, “We should go camping this weekend”. In the middle of January? In BC? This wasn’t a “Glamping trip” (fancy trailers with bathrooms and running water type camping), this was roughing it in two man tent at the Golden Ears campsites. Was the trip a success? I mean we stayed there all night, but we had our apple fritters stolen by a malicious raccoon, we wore every piece of clothing we had to sleep that night, and we awoke to the sound of a cougar 20 feet from our tent at 3 in the morning.

The reason this night sticks out in my mind is because I allowed myself to jump into something out of the ordinary that broke up the safety and regularity of my life. As I look at my own life I can see moments where I have allowed myself to jump into what God has been calling me to. Where I have seen that my faithfulness in the situation allows God to work and move in my obedience and through the uncomfortableness that I feel.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

God is calling us “in all your ways” and with “all your heart”. The way we live this out has a lot to do with our attitude towards God and ultimately our response to what we are being called to. It means that the strength of our belief will be tested in moments where we don’t have everything figured out and times where we will have to allow God to take control while things get uncomfortable for us.

Do I allow what I’m comfortable with to stand in the way of what God wants for my life?