I am continuously reminded that God has a disdain for comfort zones because He specializes in building our faith by removing them. I would imagine that comfort zones look like whiteheads to God. He lets them sit there for a while, and then one day, they just must go. Pressure is applied, impurities are squeezed out, and the result is clearer skin.
Well pressure was applied in my life several weeks ago when my close friend, Nubian, announced that she would be moving to Thailand. I was happy for her knowing that beyond a shadow of a doubt that she could change the world with her poetic gifts and talents. Yet ironically, my initial thoughts were centered around why would she forsake me? That thought process is almost laugh-able now and unfathomable that I allow myself to become consumed with the thoughts of losing yet another relationship. I contemplated never having another close friend again. I even reminded myself of the countless times that I had been abandoned by people, but as Jill
Tracey often says on air, “God is in the details.” It was in my pain and selfishness that I realized God was squeezing and applying pressure to remove a comfort zone. As we endeavor to change the world, God will force us to evolve, so know this:
God Is Calling YOU Higher – I think we all have imagined being called to the stage at the “Success Awards Show” to accept the, “You Have Made It!” trophy. In fact, I have dreamt of giving a speech that would rival Oprah, my tribe would go crazy cheering me on, and I would ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after. However, I’m starting to realize if that were the case, we could have a cesspool of ego, complicity, and stunted growth. When God calls you higher, He calls YOU, and this could require relationship to end abruptly, dissolve slowly or become mysteriously estranged for a season. It’s during this time that God can dwell with you and force you to evolve and vibrate higher, so give thanks.
God is the Pop Quiz King – He wants us to know exactly where we stand, and He uses pop quizzes as a mirror effect. When my friend told me she was leaving for Thailand, I should have gone before the throne praying that culture shock is minimal for her, that her passions are embraced immediately in this foreign land and that resources are patiently awaiting her arrival. Instead, I failed to answer the higher calling of intercessory prayer. Thankfully, God’s pop quizzes remind you of the work that still needs to be completed.
Respect Seasons – God is very clear in the Bible regarding seasonal change. In Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, believers are reminded that there is a time for everything… “For everything there is a season […] a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;…” Therefore, let us rejoice in the gift of today. Let’s not miss the blessing because the season changed, for change is the very fabric of the life.
Therefore, if you are destined to bring about world change, your success is fulfilling the calling that God has placed over your life. You will be required to shift with the season as God has proven time and time again that if we would simply be a blessing to others, He will continue to bless us. In this season, I pray for my friend as she travels to Thailand. In fact, I pray for every reader that is being called to new lands. I pray that God fulfils His promise to expand your reach and to use you as a vessel to impact anyone in your presence without discrimination. Ultimately, I pray that you have the peace to know that God is in the details forcing you to evolve.