Seek The Uncomfortable
About three years ago one of my favorite artists released an album that for real confused me. He titled it 'Uncomfortable' which baffled me for quite some time because I couldn't understand why that one word was so significant to him. Mind you this is one of my favorite artist who I had been listening to for probably 4 years. I liked the album when it was released, but I struggled to understand why he specifically chose to title his fourth album “Uncomfortable.” At first, I thought he did this because he was trying to explain to us, the listeners, that to follow Christ is to get uncomfortable because God isn't always about what is comfortable. This may be true, but recently as I was listening to this album again, I began to get a different message.
God never called you to be comfortable but will always allow you to get into situations that push you so far beyond your comfort zone so that you will understand that there is such a place for you to thrive and not just survive. (Look at that run on sentence!) The Lord will create situations in your environment so that you will be pushed to not only choose him but to also see that with the power of Christ you can, and you will become someone who is the embodiment of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
'But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. '
- 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (CSB)
I'm being real with you right (like I don't do that already). It took listening to Andy Mineo's “Uncomfortable” album probably 30 times until I got this message. It took God making relationships and situations so uncomfortable for me to understand more about the God I follow.
As I look back at all the events and experiences from this year, I can say from the very depth of my heart that I'm glad that everything happened the way it did. I'm thrilled with the number of lessons and spiritual growth God helped me to accomplish that I'm sitting here crying as I am typing this post to you. Don't get it wrong though, I have sat in the spiritual classrooms of pain, death, rejection, and sadness this year. It hasn't been sunshine and rainbows, and I think many people across this world will agree with me ( I told you I was going to get real). But I would be lying to you if I said that I regret these events. Each moment of this year has created a theme for 2018 that can be summed up in one sentence: to seek God is to seek the uncomfortable.
You've read my post “The Best Decision I've Ever Made” and if you haven't then get familiar with it. You know that I love to boast in my weakness and bear my imperfections on my sleeves for all to see. But never would I have been able to do any of this if it wasn't for God allowing me to be in situations and environments that were difficult and yet reminding me of how brilliant he is.
Yes, I could've run away, and yes, I could've ignored the lessons that God was trying to teach me (mind you I probably did run away until I couldn't do it any longer). But man am I glad I worship a God who refuses to let me live a life of comfort.
He didn't allow me to stay in relationships and situations that were comfortable like depression, friendships, and career decisions because he knew that they weren't for me. He knew that though I may have enjoyed certain people and certain places, it wasn't spiritually for me. I think that's a powerful thing to realize: giving up what is normal or what is comfortable or what brings you happiness because God has called you to what is abnormal, what is awkward, and what will bring you joy instead of only happiness (there's a difference).
We don't serve a God who makes everything in our lives go away. We don't worship a Savior who blankets us entirely from the struggles of this life. We didn't sign up for an eternal journey with a Creator that makes life convenient. When we said yes to Christ, we decided to take on the truth and a life that pushes us spiritually beyond what we thought we could accomplish. We signed up to be placed in situations and positions that will cause us to cry out for help. We decided that we wanted to live a life that would publicly display how weak, fragile, and delicate we are without Christ while showcasing how magnificent, powerful, and wise our Savior is.
Looks like Andy Mineo knew what he was talking about. To follow Christ is to be uncomfortable. There is power in the uneasiness. There is growth in what challenges us. Seek the uncomfortable.
Until next time…