In my "Silent Season" but stepping "Out of my Comfort Zone"
My silent season started to affect me earlier this year, while in my last semester of grad school. Graduation was approaching, and I was not sure what I was going to do financially. I also compared myself to the success of those around me. Although, I have always put my trust in God, because He has never failed me and I know He will not, I started to worry and doubt. It was not until a couple of months ago, God revealed to me that this was my silent season. During your silent season, He's trying to equip and prepare you for what's to come. During this season, you will encounter many lessons and tests. God is trying to strengthen you, He wants to strip you of certain things or people, and mold you into the person He has called you to be. He wanted me alone to get closer to Him, and I understood why. However, after this season I chose to stay this way and isolate myself from people and I realized I was stuck in my comfort zone.
Your comfort zone is your "safe place", but it's not the, I am safe in Jesus's arms "safe place." It's the place where you know you are not going to get hurt, or you are in full control of everything in your life and you are afraid of change. Or you are lacking the boldness or courage to do what you are supposed to do. What you are saying to God by staying in your comfort zone, is that, I trust you God but I'm afraid to step out on faith, or I like the way everything in my life is now, and there is no need for change. One, that is probably not true, you are drowning and you don't even know it. Two, how can we trust God, but not really trust Him? He has never failed us, yet we allow the devil to cloud our mind with doubt and fear. One thing we must always remember is that when God has called us to do something, He has already set up the path for you to walk through and the only how you will fail, is by staying in your comfort zone. I am not saying the devil won't try to attack you on your way up, but you will be covered by His blood, and you will have on your full armor of God, ready to fight. You must have faith that He will get you to the finish line because He will.
In Joshua Chapter 1 Moses had died, and God installed Joshua as a leader. As we read this chapter we can tell that, Joshua might have been a little afraid to lead the people, but God reassures him. In verse 5 He says, "No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." Joshua 1:5 NIV. If we jump down to verse 8 God also says, "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 NIV
If you keep reading you will see that Joshua believed in God and stepped into his position. Some of us just need reassurance to step out of our comfort zone, and when we do we can revert to this passage. God wants us to remember, He is always with us, so there is no need to fear. Be strong and courageous because just as He paved the way for Joshua, He will do the same for you. He has already cleared the path for you, and no one will be able to stop what He has planned. He wants you to prosper and succeed, but you have to do your part and He will definitely do His because He is a faithful God! It is time to put our full trust in God, be bold and STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!