I typically attend a Lutheran church in a fairly affluent area. We are a comfortable middle class family with two working cars. I don't have to shop at a thrift store unless I want to. I don't worry about how to pay the bills each month, or what my kids are going to eat. Most of my friends are just like me.
I realize how blessed I am, but sometimes it can be hard to see God at work when I'm comfortable, safe and sound inside my bubble.
Last weekend I attended church with a friend in a town about four hours away. On Sunday morning, we drove through some areas of town that compelled me to lock the car doors.
The service was not my usual liturgical style, and worship was far from the typical hymns we generally sing. The ministry caters to recent parolees from prison. Many of the members live in church-owned trailers. Some are unemployed. Several have battled addiction to a variety of things nearly beyond my comprehension.
I was way outside my bubble.
But the presence of God was palpable.
I left with a renewed hope, reminded that God is at work. He is always working in mighty ways—sometimes I have to get out of my comfort zone to see it, though.
I'm generally pretty content in my own little bubble. Chances are you are, too. But those bubbles can block our view of what God is doing: Of how He is working in the lives of those who don't have the luxury of a safe bubble in which to dwell. If you haven't recognized God's hand at work recently, take a look around and see if you've trapped yourself inside a bubble of safety, similarity, health, or prosperity.
God's most astonishing miracles often happen in places I'd rather not walk:In sickness and sin, in poverty and destruction, in loneliness and even in death.
Sometimes to see God work, we must burst our own bubbles.
I'd love for you to share in the comments. What is something you discovered when you left your own comfort zone? What is one practical way we can all burst our own bubbles to see more clearly what God is doing in the lives of His people?
Word of the Day: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Help me to step outside my comfort zone and see You at work. Make me sensitive to Your presence in my life and the lives of others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Liz Giertz