A missionary friend here read my post yesterday; she understands all too well the discomforts of this life. Our e-mail conversation got me thinking further about my own comfort or lack thereof...
When I am physically comfortable, I have a harder time believing that I need God to come through. In fact, in my comfort, I may even be lulled into a false belief that I have it all under control. When I am comfortable, I don't seek His face as often or as intensely. When I am comfortable, I'm often spiritually asleep.
In my discomfort, I am so desperate for God to show up that I cling to His very Word. I turn back to Him and know that there stands my Firm Foundation. In my discomfort, I am more awake spiritually because there is a battle going on in my emotions that desperately needs to know that my Redeemer LIVES! In my discomfort, I'm more likely to reach out to the dearest of friends who remind me that God is at work, rather than chiding me for my 'little faith.'
So, while we all experience the difficulties of life, the hard times, the hard news, the storms; we do differ in our levels of physical and emotional comfort. This is not a bad thing.
One may have more creature comfort than another, but less emotional peace. One may have great peace in the midst of intense physical discomfort. We have all seen this first hand, haven't we? The poorest of poor with joy unimaginable ... In some seasons, we may experience both creature comforts and amazing emotional comfort at the very same time - praise God for those times of reprieve and rest!
The important thing, from my limited perspective, lies in allowing God to work His refining transformation regardless where the discomfort lies. When I allow Him in, right at the moment of desperate discomfort, He turns that grumbling into gratitude and at the end of the day, I just might be ready to face the discomforts of tomorrow a little better than I did yesterday.
Are you uncomfortable in some way? If so, listen closely... what is God showing you in the middle of it all? Don't miss it!