Genesis 12:1-2

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

Abram was the name of a man who many know as Abraham. He had his name changed a few chapters after the one we are reading now. Anyways, Abram had a pretty good life before this. He had a wife, a nephew, wealth, livestock, and a bunch of friends that lived with him. God said pack your bags, we are going on a trip. Has God ever taken you on a journey you never expected? For me the answer is yes, and it is happening right now! I have shared a bit about my life, but I would love to share quickly about the journey he has taken me on recently.

So after graduating college last spring I have been trying to figure out what my purpose is. While in college I had hopes of playing professional baseball. Unfortunately those dreams didn’t pan out, but I know God kept that door shut for a reason. Anyways I graduated college and I feel as if I should become a financial advisor. I had heard you can help people, make your own schedule, and there is limitless financial potential.

As I am in the midst of interviewing for jobs to become an advisor and days away from accepting one of them, God opened a door I did not see coming. An ask for coffee and a short conversation with the pastor at Northeast Christian Church lead to a lot of prayer. The position of an elementary pastor was offered to me and I felt the Spirit tell me this was what I was meant to do.

It was definitely an uncomfortable situation because I had never worked in ministry. I was a little hesitant at first and just unsure of what to think or do. I was scared because I knew I wouldn’t make as much money. I realized that God likes making us uncomfortable. He does this by taking us on journeys to places we have never been. In our lack of comfort we usually find strength and confidence.

I want to encourage you with this. Life is never going to be perfectly comfortable. And if it is, don’t hold your breath. That’s just the truth of life. We must become comfortable being uncomfortable to survive. Jesus can help us with this. As you know, He is always at your side. Comforting you during uncomfortable situations and guiding you through them. Let God take you on a journey to somewhere you have never been. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What journey is God calling me into?

How can I begin to embrace being uncomfortable?

Dear Lord, thank you for loving us right where we are at, but loving us way to much to keep us there. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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