Thursday, July 8, 2010

Too Comfortable

"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.' At one they left their nets and followed him.  Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.  They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.  Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."  Matthew 4: 18-22 (NIV).

Last night my husband and I had a conversation.  We remembered how back in high school and college we said, "Lord, I'll do anything for you! Anything! Here am I, send ME!"  (We secretly hoped He wouldn't send us to Africa, but we were pretty willing to do anything else).  Well, He never did send us to Africa.  He sent us here, where we are today.

But somewhere along the journey, our prayers changed (well, at least mine did).  They became something like:

"God, I will do anything for you, IF...." (it doesn't mean moving somewhere uncomfortable, my children will be safe, it will be in a good neighborhood, we make enough money to have nice things, we are in a great church, etc...)

It is so interesting to me that when Jesus called the disciples to follow him, they didn't ask ANY questions. They didn't respond with, "Um, hey Jesus!  Where are we going?!"  or "But what about my job?" or "How are we going to have food and clothing?"  They just immediately trusted him and went.

Here's the thing.  Sometimes we become too comfortable.  We don't want to give up our life for certain things God might call us to do.

Here's the thing.  Sometimes we become too afraid.  We don't know if we can trust Him like we used to.  After all, we've been hurt.  Our dreams of what we thought He was going to do with our lives did not happen like they were supposed to.  And now we feel like we can't really trust him again.

I have realized in myself that my life, and my prayers, have become too comfortable.  I want that to change.  I want to be like the disciples - when they heard the call, they were ready to go.  God may call me to stay right where I am for years to come.  Am I okay with that?  God may call me to go somewhere uncomfortable.  Am I okay with that?

Let's get back to how things should be.  Let's pray some dangerous prayers this week.


  1. Oh wow Jaimie. That was a great post! That's what I've dealt with these past couple or so years that we've been going through what we have. I learned that I'm a very sensing person who needs to see things in action or at least know that they're in the works. But I had to re-learn to blindly trust like I used to. It's been hard and is still sometimes hard, but God's promises are true. Your post blessed me - what a wonderful way to start the day!!!

  2. Jaimie, you were so right on with this post. Oh, how you described "me". Sometimes I think...did I really jump on a plane and spend two months in a different country with people I didn't know. Did I travel places or do things in search of God's will for my life...did I actually take "risks"? My life has changed so much's all about safety and comfort and security...great post Jaimie...very convicting!

  3. He may still call you to Africa, you know. :) It would sure make living here easier.