We all have our ‘comfort’ zones; you know, where everything is safe, where you’re not facing obstacles, other people in your face. Your comfort zone is where you don’t have to feel pressured to do more than you’re ‘comfortable’ with doing. You’re in a comfortable place because Comfort is a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. I’m sure we can all identify with that meaning.
Let’s face it. Comfort is where we want to stay. We all like comfortable. We don’t have to deal with ‘things out there’. We’re creatures of habit, and our habit is usually what makes us comfortable. When we get pushed beyond what we know and currently experience, we feel discomfort. We’re usually hesitant or unwilling to go beyond the confines of our comfort.
Perhaps that is how the disciples felt when they got into the boat with Jesus at the lake. They were fishermen. They were used to being in a boat on the lake, fishing. They were comfortable in doing what they always did. No doubt they had fished in good weather as well as bad weather. Yet from scripture in Mark 4:35-41, when the storm and great winds came up, they were anything but comfortable!
Their comfort zone became a panic zone, and they loudly voiced they were going to drown. Remember, these fellas were seasoned fishermen, tough guys. They had heard Jesus preach to the people, and then he got in the boat and told them they were going to the other side of the lake.
So when strong winds came up they saw Jesus sleeping. They were no longer in their comfort zone. They were stressed. In their panic, they woke Jesus saying they were going to drown! Oh, my!
Their comfort zone in a fishing boat became a discomfort zone, but once Jesus spoke PEACE, BE STILL to the storm, they were again at ease.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a storm at sea, or work, or at home, even today. When you get your heart and eyes on Jesus, He’ll pull you into His peace immediately. What was uncomfortable before no longer attacks you. You’re in HIS Comfort Zone. You’re wrapped in His peace and love. Don’t move from your Comfort Zone in Him. He’s with you always, and you’ll make it.