Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; – Psalm 1:1-6
I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort today. It’s been on my mind a lot especially since I had been fasting and praying. Often I can find myself clinging to THINGS that I feel bring me comfort. Today I made a list of all the things I turn to for comfort, some were good, and others were sinful and/or harmful.
I have seen many people be on fire for Christ but in their pursuit of comfort they have turned away from Him. We all seek comfort; we all want to feel safe and secure.
Often when I am uncomfortable I am irritated. I then begin to wonder if the discomfort will ever go away. Will I ever be able to live without the sinful things that I take comfort in? Will I ever feel satisfied in this world?
During the 21 days of prayer and fasting I remember my husband and I having a conversation after dinner. I remember telling him that I was full but not satisfied, and mainly I wasn’t satisfied because I couldn’t have cheese or sour cream on my yummy Mexican food.
I am beginning to wonder if as Christians we are FULL of the Word, truth, grace, and forgiveness, but for some reason we are not satisfied. For some reason it’s not enough. It’s not enough to keep us from sin, or over indulging on the things of this world.
The other night I had a dream that I was in a car looking out into a field of dandelions flying all around. The sun was shining just right, it almost looked like the field was shimmering and glowing. All I could think was how “magical” it looked. I actually thought about going into the middle of the field because it was so intriguing and inviting. But then I thought to myself it would be a bad idea considering I was allergic to dandelions and I would be sneezing the entire time. I was sure to keep the window rolled up in the car and view the “magical” site from a distance.
Once I woke up I began to journal about the dream and it occurred to me that the magical sight was just a bunch of floating weeds. Yes, it made me feel good and I even felt like maybe I could float around in the wind.
But I don’t want to be a floating weed; I want to be a deeply rooted tree that can weather the storms of life because they are sure to come.
I think when we are on a mission to find comfort in all the wrong things we become floating weeds. It may be a magical, feel good experience, but what happens when the wind stops? We might have our highs and lows, but where is our stability?Often we can become discontent and float from one place to another, uprooting all that we have already planted.
Like in the Psalm referenced at the beginning of this post, a rooted tree bears its fruit in its season! Even if we find comfort in a moment, it is not something that lasts, or bears fruit season after season!
The thing about deeply rooted trees is when someone wants to get rid of the tree they don’t uproot it, they just cut the tree down leaving only a stump behind. Even though the tree is cut down, everyone will know that it was there, a deeply rooted tree leaves it’s mark behind.
If we are going to win this race then we are going to have to endure through our moments of discomfort. In our moments of discomfort we need to find rest in whatever it is God is speaking to our heart through His word.
I think we hear from God often, but we question everything we hear. Yes, we need to test what we hear against scripture, but once we know we have received a vision from God, we need to rest in that promise He has specifically given to us.
I think we need to learn how to find comfort in the season we are already in. That’s the only way because if we don’t then we will be looking around for some temporary fix. We just need to say no to what we desire to indulge on, and instead turn towards God.
I know I do not have all the answers to this; it’s something I struggle with every single day. But I do know that if we are going to find our self living a holy life then we need to find that stable & fertile ground, and start planting some seeds and growing our roots. It’s the only way we are going to overcome our sin and have the strength to not give in to our temptations.