Everyone has a “comfort zone”. For some it’s being at home where they feel safe and secure. For others it may be working at a job they not only enjoy, but are good at. Stepping out of that comfort zone can be a bit scary, such as maybe having to get a job after years of being a stay-at-home Mom, or feeling the Father is calling you to start visiting shut-in’s or those in a nursing-home or in prison. It can be difficult leaving your comfort zone to do something you have never done before. But in many instances, it can be a joy.
When we lived in North Carolina, we had a small home church and my husband felt we should go every Sunday afternoon to a nearby nursing home to minister to those there. So Jim, a lady from our congregation and I did just that. We went from room to room, sharing scripture, singing old hymns and praying for each of them.
Most everyone we encountered welcomed our visits but there were a few who didn’t. By leaving our comfort zone, we not only blessed those who were often forgotten by their families, but we were also blessed when we would see their faces light up when we entered their rooms. Several had specific prayer requests over which we prayed. We were so blessed to see Father answer those prayers.
I especially remember one lady named Dorothy. When we first came to see her, she was very fearful and would hide her face from us and cower if we came near her. She was so thin and frail, we wondered if maybe she had been mistreated before she was put in the nursing home. As the weeks passed we prayed over her, sang to her and read Scripture to her. There came a day when we walked into Dorothy’s room and saw a smiling and healthy-looking woman! The change we saw in her was amazing and we knew it was because Father used us to pray for her and to minister to her.
We had never before visited or ministered in a nursing home and at first we were a little fearful, because you never know what you may encounter, like the one woman who told the lady who was with us that she’d bite her if she came near her! But overall, the rewards that came from leaving our comfort zone were so worth it!
Do you feel the Father urging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something for Him and His Kingdom? Listen to Him. “What He has called you to do, He will see you through!” So go ahead … step out!
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