Mercy Seat

I know I know, I said this one would be on humility, but instead we're going to talk about a different phrase that is "not optional" and I want to share a song with you. The next phrase is "comfort zone". Ouch it hurts a little just to type it. This one is taking shape and form in a few different ways and just one way occurred yesterday.

Part of my job is not just the youth ministry, but helping to coordinate and plan mission trips and local outreaches (yea, I know I'm spoiled) We're planning a local outreach in November where we'll be ministering in many various ways including feeding people, dramas, prayer, ministering, we'll have bun jee jumps and games... IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME and yea I'm all set up to to speak and do an alter call (I LOVE EVANGELISM) like I've done hundreds of times in America and in Africa. However, yesterday I was asked to help with a particular drama they thought I could help with. Immediately two words passed through my mind... guess? "Comfort zone".  I agreed to be at practice that day.

So of course I'm racking my brain trying to comfort myself about how, I can do plays. I can be dramatic. I can definitely get passionate. Let's see I was the Ticket Person in the school play in 2nd grade that was a HUGE PART that I can with all humility say... I nailed it. No problem, I can do this skit! I probably won't have a big part anyway.......... Then I get to practice... Oh the skit is more ummm.... musical? Okay no worries Jess, two years ago at Cornerstone I was in the Christmas Cantata. I was an angel. I climbed up a ladder and stood high in the sanctuary, in a dress, dancing to music... ummm.. I didn't necessarily nail that, but I did it. As long as the focus isn't on me, it's all going to be good.

Oh this is an interpretive drama, to a song, oh I have a solo part? Okay... smile. smile. stop sweating. calm down. calm. stable. positive. 25 is a year of no comfort zone. You don't need a comfort zone... okay okay okay.

"Jessika watch maggie as she shows you what to do" ~Pastor's wife I'm watching as this girl gets up and quicker than I can say her name, the music is on, she's moving with the music, and tears fill my eyes.

I can't tell you how many times I was moved to emotion as I watched Maggie or even as I was practicing on my own. Yes, drama is new to me, it is out of my comfort zone, but it's in those places that we allow God to not just work through us, but to work in us. When I step out of my comfort zone, I become vulnerable, I humble myself, it's out of my comfort zone where I can truly hear and find comfort in His words. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most GLADLY therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

As I stepped out of my comfort zone yesterday, God was moving IN ME. When we become weak, He gets to prove Himself strong. Many times we wonder why we're not seeing God move mightily and it's because we're too busy trying to be mighty in and of ourselves.

It's good to step out of what is comfortable to a place where you are vulnerable and must rely on the Holy Spirit.

Stepping out of my comfort zone is no longer optional. I'm listening daily to hear the Holy Spirit's nudging to do something "uncomfortable". Maybe it's to go give some encouragement to someone I've never met before, maybe it's to witness to that one person you're intimidated by, maybe it's to go hug that person you know dislikes you, maybe it's to write a card to someone that hurt your feelings, maybe it's to make phone calls to listen to someone you know is going to talk for an hour, maybe it's to sing in spanish for our mexico mission trip or be in a drama for a local outreach, find your comfort zone and take a jump outside of it today. Watch God prove Himself mighty in you.

Listen to this song... Maybe it'll get you like it got me. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frnJRv4we9o&w=420&h=315]

Be Blessed, J. Tate