Hebrews 4:14 – 16
“14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
We serve an amazing God. We serve a God who wants us to be happy and who wants us to be the best AND have the best. Unfortunately for us, however, sometimes the things God wants for us to have and the people God calls us to be are a little outside our comfort zone. Sometimes God requires we stretch ourselves a little bit. And the only thing between us and the magnificent treasures he has for us is fear.
I started practicing so I could be a part of the worship service at myChurch about three months ago. In order to achieve that certain “myChurch” sound, I needed to get a few guitar pedals…a necessity for any serious guitar player. So, I did my research and picked out the pedals that I wanted to buy. The problem was, however, that the month (January) I decided to purchase these very expensive guitar pedals I also got a very large property tax bill in excess of $2,000, due January 30. But I felt strongly about being a part of the worship band at myChurch so I knew that I needed to buy the pedals no matter what. Finances were going to be tight in January, no doubt, but I was going to make it work. I had to.
Within 12 hours of making the decision to get the pedals, a decision that was difficult to make given my tight financial position, they were paid for. Not by me, but by my parents. I told my parents about the worship band and about my large property tax bill, and how I felt I needed to buy the pedals because God was pushing me towards worship and they wanted to help. God was pushing me into worship and the only thing holding me back was the fear of lack of finances. But when I decided that I needed to do it anyway, God provided.
So, I went on a shopping spree/treasure hunt. However, I told my Dad that there was only one place I was not willing to look for any guitar equipment and that was at Steve’s Music downtown on Rideau. Why you ask? Downtown freaks me out. I mean, I’m a country boy. It is louder, smellier and the surroundings straight up make me uncomfortable. I really had no intention of going to Steve’s.
The first pedal was easy enough to find but after two failed trips to other music stores, I was still having a hard time locating the PolyTune and the TC Electronic ND-1. I looked everywhere for them but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. At this point my Dad piped in, looking for clarification on why we weren’t going downtown, and said, “So why aren’t we going to that place on Rideau (Steve’s)?” I replied with, “Because I hate going downtown. It’s loud and it smells weird. It makes me uncomfortable”. But, against my will, I called Steve’s, desperate, looking for my desired pedals. After I hung up the phone, sheepishly I turned to my Dad and said, “They have them, both”.
At that point, the only thing standing between me and the pedals that God wanted for me was my fear of going downtown. God had provided finances for the pedals and all I had to do was go down to Steve’s and pick them up. It was that simple. But in my head it was, “I HATE going downtown because…”. After a moment of father-son bonding, my Dad had managed to convince me into going downtown to Steve’s where I was able to buy the pedals that will help me be part of the myChurch worship band, which will make me a better guitar player.
Nothing inspires me more then ordinary people looking their fears in the eye and saying, “NOT TODAY!” I firmly believe that we make God happy when we, against every feeling we have in our bodies, get out of our comfort zone. God, in general, is out of our comfort zone. People never live by FAITH more then when we are out of our comfort zone doing things we wouldn’t ordinarily do. And it doesn’t matter if we are going to a destination that makes us uncomfortable or if we are getting up in front of people despite our lack of desire to speak publicly. God is proud of us when we stretch a little.
We serve a loving God who wants us to be the best and to have the best. Sometimes, however, the things God wants for us are JUST outside our comfort zone. We can stay comfortable and miss “it” or we can stretch. Personally, I choose stretch.