Reading: Acts 9: 10-20
Comfort is something we all like. Life seems to be at its best when we are in our ‘comfort zone’. We are there when we are surrounded with the familiar. While this can vary greatly from one person to another – one person’s paradise may look very different from another’s – each of us craves routine and known. We like patterns and to be in control. So when God asks us to step outside of our comfort zones, our minds naturally go to excuses.
Such was the case with Ananias in Damascus. Life seems to be sailing along and his faith appears to be solid. This resonates with us – when life and faith are good, all is well. Then out of the blue, at least for Ananias, God asks him to go and see Saul. Immediately the reports of Saul persecuting and killing Christians floods Ananias’ mind. It is the ‘but’ we often come up with too when God is asking us to step out of our comfort zones.
Ananias is comfortable enough in his relationship with God to question this nudge. And God is comfortable enough with Ananias to repeat the instruction, this time with a little more detail. So he obeys and makes his way to Straight Street. It was probably a slow and hard walk filled with questions, doubts, and fear. But Ananias was faithful and was blessed to heal Saul’s vision and to baptize him into Jesus Christ.
God wants to work in and through our lives as well. Just as Ananias did, we too are called to step out of our comfort zones and to trust in God. At times we all feel this nudge, the Spirit’s leading. If we are willing to lay aside out ‘but’ and to walk alongside God, we too will be blessed, maybe even experiencing the miracle of God working in another person’s life. May we step outside of our comfort zones when called so that through us, God can bless another today.