Years ago, a friend visited us in when we lived in Kentucky. My wife’s dad suggested that we go fishing, so we proceeded to seine for minnows. While wading down the small creek with a net, a snake started swimming across the water. This really took my father-in law out of is comfort zone.
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. John 4:8
Cindy’s dad was deathly afraid of snakes and was about to exit the water very quickly when my friend started to talk to him about trusting the Lord and putting his fears aside.
Much to my amazement, my father-in-law stayed in the water, the snake swam by, and we continued gathering bait.
The Woman at the Well
Today’s verse is from the story about the woman at the well. What is unique about this story is that it happened in Samaria. The Jews, for the most part, hated the Samaritans. They would go miles out of their way to avoid going through Samaria.
Jesus took his disciples right into Samaria, and then He asked them to go a step further. He sent them into town without him, to buy food.
They were particular about the food they ate to start with, and now they were buying food from people they disliked. Talk about leaving your comfort zone!
To put the icing on the cake, they stayed there for another two days. So, what is my point?
I’m sure that you are like me and prefer to do things that are comfortable for you. I’m not very fond of being taken out of my comfort zone.
Jesus was not hesitant to stretch the disciples beyond their comfort zones. For some of their Samaritan experience He asked them to function without Him physically being with them.
He will also stretch us to situations we are not comfortable with. In our case even though Jesus isn’t physically with us, he says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” The Lord will be will us all the time.
Lord, please keep me flexible. so when you stretch me I won’t break.
Related post: Being Out Of Our Comfort Zone To Benefit Others.
Another related post to check out, What Great Thing Will God Do Through You Today?
You would enjoy reading the cornerstone post on discipleship called How To Be An Effective Devoted Disciple Of Jesus.
To read the complete story of the “Jesus and the Woman at the Well” check it out at John 4:1-32
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