Most of us have heard of claustrophobia and arachnophobia. We may not have heard of “uncomfyphobia,” probably because I made that word up. It means, “the fear of leaving our comfort zone.” The word may be fake, but the concept is real. We cling to our comfort zone. We fear and resist change.
However, change is not only an inevitable part of life, it’s an essential component of spiritual development. Spiritually, if we’re not changing, we’re not growing.
God’s ultimate plan is to make us more and more like Jesus: “God…decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son…We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him” (Romans 8:29).
While change can come from the revelation of the word or the conviction of the Holy Spirit, it most often results from pressure and challenges in our lives, and that can be scary. Just when we get comfy and settled, our easy lives get disturbed. We get sick. We get laid off. We lose our temper. We see or experience something in our lives that pushes us to make a change. And with change comes the temptation to worry and be afraid.
But when we choose to trust God during those disturbing times, we find ourselves becoming more like Christ.
The end result of spiritual change is so very awesome. Over the course of our lives, as we look back to where we started our journey and see where God brought us, we can’t help but feel awe. God-given transformation is truly awesome.
We may never pray to be laid off, to be ill, or to be faced with a giant problem. But those times of disturbance, stirring, and change often turn out to be blessings that serve to develop us into the image of our Savior—if we continue to place our trust in the lavish love of God.
You know, He could let us be complacent, stagnant, and lazy. But he loves us too much for that. He loves us so much that, if we allow him, he will make us like Jesus. And friend, nothing is better than that.
Dear God, I am awestruck by your intention to make me like Jesus. In the words of Sir Francis Drake: “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.” Protect me from complacency and the desire to grasp too tightly to my own comfort. In Jesus’s name, amen.