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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)

TITLE: Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone
By LisaR Rider
05/23/12


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And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Isaiah 6:8 (ESV)

Moving can be a marvelous adventure. Anticipation mounts as boxes are packed and loaded; anxiety hits as one steps out of an empty house, once called “home.” Adrenalin heightens as the road leads to a whole new phase of life.

This experience often feels risky: “What if the new job isn’t what we had hoped? Where will we worship? Who will be the new family doctor? How will we meet new friends?”

As believers, we are often called to tasks that evoke many questions. Yet, the only real answer is to follow the Lord’s leading with a blind faith, trusting that He knows the answers before the tasks are even revealed to us. Isaiah gives a wonderful example of this strong faith. His response to an unknown task was exuberantly selfless: “Here am I! Send me!”

Send him where? What was the purpose? What was in it for him?

He knew nothing when he initially volunteered for the position. Even when the Lord disclosed the job description, Isaiah didn’t rescind his offer. He had only one question, “How long, O Lord?”

God didn’t give him a number of days, months, or even years, although he could have replied with such specificity. Instead, his answer suggests an undefined length of time. He might have answered with “as long as it takes.”

Even so, Isaiah determined to be obedient in his calling. In spite of potential ridicule, abuse and hardship, Isaiah was ready to face the challenges ahead. His trust in his Creator was all he really needed.

Do you long for that kind of blind faith? I know that I do. As I enjoy the safety of these walls of protection, I must learn to trust God’s arms of protection more. These walls can burn, but His arms will hold me under every circumstance.

I’m packing boxes, anxiously wondering what the Lord has in store for us: a new home yet unseen, a new job description, a change of everything- except the One who never changes. What is now familiar and comfortable will be forsaken as we choose to walk obediently to the place where He leads. For how long? As long as He wills. As long as it takes.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/24/12
This is a lovely devotion. The verse is a great fit. I liked how you shared a personal story and related it to the Bible. Nicely done.
CD (Camille) Swanson 05/26/12
Beautifully written, a timeless devotional...Loved it. Thank you.

God bless~
Sandra Renee Hicks 05/26/12
Hi -

I have two words for this piece,"Immensely pleasing!"
Edmond Ng 05/28/12
I can understand the feeling of "What if the new job isn't what we had hoped?" very well. Thankfully, a faith with assured future is one we can step forward confidently. Good job on a nicely written piece. God bless.
Noel Mitaxa 05/29/12
A good challenge without being preachy. I would like to read more of what happened.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/31/12
Congratulations for placing 12th in level three!