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Are you Comfortable?
by Gary Sims
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He sat down in his favorite chair and put his feet up on the ottoman. He took a sip of his morning coffee and a deep, relaxing breath as the dark warming juices found their way into every pour of his body. Another sip and he was ready.

Setting the cup aside, he leaned his head back into the soft embrace of the chair, closed his eyes, and said, "Good morning, Lord. Thank you for another wonderful day."

"Are you comfortable?" the response came.

He had grown accustomed to feeling God's presence during his prayer time so the voice in the back of his mind was expected and was as comforting as the warm air blowing from the furnace into the room on this chilly, winter morning. Peace, comfort, well-being; these were his talisman; these were his friends.

"I am very comfortable," his thoughts replied. "I have never felt so content. Everything seems to be going just right. Thank you for your love."

"May I get you another cup of coffee?"

He quickly opened his eyes, startled by the request, and looked around the room. "Is that you God? Did you just offer me a cup of coffee?"

The room was quiet as the morning sounds of his family waking for the day had not yet fully permeated his sanctuary. This was his time for prayer and respect for this daily ritual was ingrained in all family members including the dogs. The offer of coffee hung in the air without tether or ballast.

Settling back into the chair, he closed his eyes once again, took another deep breath, and silently prayed for God's spirit to fill his heart.

"Yes, I can see that you are truly comfortable."

With his comfort taking a slight turn towards the edge, he turned his focus towards the swirling colors that he loved to watch behind his closed eyelids. "Yes, Lord. Thank you for this peace in my life."

"Is there anything you need or want? Anything I can get you at all?"

"No, I am just fine…but wait. You are asking these questions for a purpose, aren't you? You are trying to make a point."

"Point? I am happy you are comfortable. Are you sure there isn't anything I can get you?"

"No. I said I was just fine. Perfect. I am richly blessed. Everything in my life is running smoothly. Work, home, church…they are all clicking away in perfect harmony. I can't think of a single thing that I need." The more he spoke to the voice the more agitated he became. Waves of discomfort began to rise from within.

And then he asked, "Is there anything wrong with being comfortable?"

"No, not a thing. Everyone wants to be comfortable."

"Ok. Where is this going? What are you trying to say?" The room was quiet and no response was in the offering. The plate was empty and he was left to reflect in the silent void left behind. His coffee grew cold as he continued to mull over the morning's events. He couldn't quite grasp the meaning. He needed more information. "What was God trying to say?"

Getting up, leaving the forgotten cup and the warmth and comfort of his chair, he moved to the desk and opened his Bible. The bright light shining from the desk lamp pierced the morning quiet as he desperately began to search and seek the answers to the questions that eluded his grasp. "What does the Bible say about comfort?"

There were no immediate answers coming forth. His search was fruitless and his questions unanswered. He set the book aside, perplexed and confused. He was certain that there was something he was supposed to learn. He was adamant to find an answer. He would not be satisfied until he could…

Reaching to the calendar on the desk and preparing to remove the page with yesterday's date still in place, his gaze fell to the daily scripture, forgotten and about to be discarded. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."

"Hunger and thirst," he thought to himself. He closed his eyes and, with a quick, yet silent prayer, He thanked God. "Oh Lord, may I always hunger and thirst for you."

Closing Prayer:

Dearest Lord and loving father: This morning, as we walk to the well to draw, once again, from your living waters, we thank you for your love, mercy, and grace. As we pass through our days, help us to recognize that it is only through our desire to be with you that we will find the fulfillment that truly lasts. There may be times in our lives when our vessels seem full with contentment and peace. We realize, however, that you have instilled within us a hunger and thirst for your love and your presence. When we are comfortable, we pray that you reach into our lives and draw us closer to you. Do not allow our satisfaction and feelings of fulfillment get in the way of knowing more of your love. Keep us hungry so that we can continue to grow towards being the disciples you are calling us to be. Fill us with your Spirit and guide us to your Truth, always and forevermore we pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Inspired by John 4:5-42

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