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Abiding with Jesus Doing Life Together

When God Names Our {Unexpected} Comfort Zones {Part 2}

THE BRAVEST STEP WE CAN TAKE

I don’t mind jumping into risks and exerting my inner brave when I know it will get noticed, that I will survive, and that I will have beautiful pictures, and exhilarating moments to share.

With little thought, I fling wide the doors to the pretty, people-approved types of adventures that can be applauded and even make others envious.

But the adventures that God brings to our door step feel different.

Allow me to explain.

I’m the girl who has spent years idolizing travel and having a wanderlust heart.
I’ve vocalized vows to never settle.
I have ridiculous and real fears of buying a house or living somewhere longer than two years.
Somehow I’ve come to believe that adventure only belongs to those who pack their bags, leave their families, make big moves, or do bold things. 

I am an escape artist. I’m constantly wriggling in discontent with myself and my season of life, that’s why I panicked when He began to reveal my comfort zone. My comfort zone being my ability to keep going, doing, moving, or conquering the next mountain.

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But I heard God tell me, “Charissa, real adventures are found and sustained when you are not afraid to come home.” 

And by home He meant not a physical place where I grew up {although that could be part of the process}, but coming home to a place of contentment, peace, rest, and joy in Him and in myself. Home represents a safe refuge, a sure foundation, and a launching pad for all the adventures that God will lead us on. 

But if you and I get comfortable denying our season, comparing ourselves with others, running from our realities, and escaping from the people and places God has put in front of us, then we will never come home and therefore never experience healthy, life-giving adventures.

It feels like a paradox I know.

Home? Adventure?

But we have to stop thinking these are on two opposite sides of the spectrum of life.

I’m learning that sometimes the bravest step we can take is to simply come home.

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WHAT HOME LOOKS LIKE

I don’t want one-time thrills or moments of courage, but years and years of sustained wonder and delight in following Jesus into the unknown, into risk, and abundant life. You too?

Joy comes to us in moments-ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down extraordinary. Brene Brown

Be it to another nation or a neighborhood, a God adventure is an invitation to come home…

To engage with and experience life right where we are.

To fully sink ourselves into our season, walking wildly in the wonder of our normal lives.

To stay happily in our own skin and sing our soul song without the pressure of having to perform.

To confidently celebrate others and walk with them instead of envying them from a distance.

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His adventures immerse us into our ordinary life…

Where we feel the dirt under our toes and end the day with sticky, sweaty skin, proof that we’re really living.

Where we unashamedly stop, sit, and don’t mind staying awhile.

Where we gather ‘round campfires and

hold babies in the midnight hour.

Where we make food slowly on the stove as our spiritual act of worship and

play in the sand with our kids and make picnics on Saturdays.

Where we willingly die to our independent ways.

What if we quit lamenting the repetitive routines in our lives and began to embrace them, not as a barrier to the adventure we want to live, but as the container for the adventure we are dying to live?

Dr. Kelly Flanagan

When we’re home we’re free to hear His spontaneous and wild ideas because we know we are loved for who we are not what we do. 

Home is the shelter in which those quests of soul begin, in which we are strengthened for our adventure, equipped for the long road of faith that lies ahead. Home is the refuge whose peace allows us a glimpse of the ultimate good we will journey to find. Sarah Clarkson

For me, resting confidently in God’s heart is where I feel most at home, but I’m afraid to go there. 

IS HOME GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU?

At home in His heart, I discover who I am and the depth of Who He is. It’s a vulnerable place where intimacy overflows. The revealing can be uncomfortable at times, that’s why I’d rather run far from home, but if I stay there…

My eyes are opened to how much God delights in and enjoys me, that at its core, adventure is sharing life together with Jesus.

God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.

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Jesus was not afraid to come home.

His home being our hearts.  He could have stayed in his heavenly abode but instead He decided to dwell within our hurt and reside among us in our routines and rhythms.

Jesus defined risk as abiding in His people and throwing caution to the wind,

Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:2

 The Lord says, “Shout and rejoice, O beautiful Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they, too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me to you. Zechariah 2:10-11

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” Jesus, John 14:23

Could it be true that home is good enough? That all the excitement, peace, joy, thrill, and brave we are created for comes when we set up our campsite under the starry sky of His love?

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It amazes me that Jesus decided to stay with us. He isn’t afraid of dwelling in the dirt of our days and the stench of our sin. Home is good enough for Him.

An adventure, as defined by God, is making His home in us and He invites us to do the same…

to admit our fear of humble intimacy with Him, that we are more comfortable achieving and doing all the things than wasting our desires all on traveling deeper into His heart throughout our simple lives, being captivated and fascinated with the beauty of His love, and exploring the wonder of who we are in Him.

As author Emily Freeman wrote, “What if we let God name our comfort zones?”  I think we might be surprised what He tells us.

Friends, I’ll be the first to say it takes courage to come home, but it’s there that we discover the best adventures start in the most surprising places. 

Are you ready to go there?


Stay tuned! This post is a part of our series leading up to a special announcement coming up this week! If you missed the previous post you can read it here.

Next post: Road Trip With Jesus!  

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