Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Uncomfortable and the Unknown

"But, I'm scared!"

This is my son's declaration as he stares down at his supper plate. On it, staring back at him, is a curly, cheesy noodle. You'd think it was escargot or something.

Why is my son scared of a noodle? Well, of course, I don't think that is what he means. After all, he's four. But I think a lot of us can relate to this statement. What I think my son really means is that the noodle looks like a new, unknown food, and it makes him uncomfortable.

Yep, I can relate to that. The idea of "new" scares me sometimes because it is unknown. And the thought of the unknown makes me down right uncomfortable.

What does God say about the uncomfortable and the unknown? Well, I know one thing: God does not have a problem with us being uncomfortable. In fact, that is what He wants. When we are uncomfortable, we are more likely to rely fully on Him. As Paul relays to us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, God told him, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So when we are weak and uncomfortable because something is new and different and hard, we can rely fully on His power at work in us. It is when we are uncomfortable that God can best shine through us.

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And as for the unknown, we serve a God who knows it all. This is what He tells us in Isaiah. "Do no be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand" (Isaiah 41:10). We have no reason to be afraid. The God who knows it all is always with us. I particularly like the New Living Translation that tells us not to be discouraged. I often get discouraged when I'm overwhelmed or when things don't go my way. But we have a God who is bigger than what overwhelms us. He is bigger than our chaos and disasters. And, He is holding us up!

We can face our uncomfortable, unknown situations with the peace and the love of God! He promises He is always with us. His promises are true. We can face our "noodles" and feel brave. God is holding us up.

I am linking up this weeks with #livefreeThursday, #coffeeforyourheart, and Christian Mommy Blogger.

6 comments:

  1. LOVE the noodle imagery! Oftentimes, I look back at my own moments of fear, and they probably looked about as scary as that cheesy noodle to others... I'm sure they thought I was crazy! But fear looks a different type of noodle for each of us. I'm so grateful for a God whose promises ARE true! Facing my noodles today and choosing brave! Thank you for sharing. #livefree

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    1. Isn't it strange how are fears are so real to us at the time, but later we realize that God had it all along! Thanks for the comment!

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  2. I'm facing several uncomfortable, unknown situations that are scary right now. Love the analogy and will face my "noodles" with God's help. #coffeeforyourheart

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  3. Great post and so relatable. I scheduled it for a tweet later. I am your neighbor at Fellowship Friday linkup.

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