Some time ago I met an individual I have been helping by providing them with some financial support. When I got a closer look at them I realized they were bigger than the help I was offering them. They deserved better, and I wasn’t the one to give them the greener pastures they deserved. They were supposed to go get it.
As I was meditating on these things the following words came to my mind, “you are where you are because I have been giving you a palliative. Henceforth I will no longer give that to you and you will be able to go for the real thing.” This is how I got the inspiration for this post.
Some people are where they are today because they settled for a palliative and forgot the real thing. A palliative is anything that stops you from going for the original or permanent solution. Sometimes we quickly settle for things that make us feel good for a time or season only to realize later that we are missing out on a lot of things.
Why do people accept palliatives?
When we do not have the mind-set of an achiever or world-changer. When we easily get satisfied with mediocre results.
The price to pay for a permanent solution may seem too high and unreachable.
When we are in a hurry to satisfy our desires and are not ready to be patient and get the real deal.
Ignorance about what is ours and the right we have to take possession of it. Did God not say it is ignorance that makes us perish (Hosea 4:6)?
When the palliative offers temporary satisfaction that is very similar to what we originally dreamed of.
Don’t make of that place, situation, job or position your permanent habitation if God has promised you more. I refuse to go back to Egypt but I equally will not settle in the wilderness. I will enter Canaan no matter how many giants are there. I refuse to be satisfied with less than what God has promised.
Imagine Peter, James and John on the mountain of transfiguration. What a mind-blowing experience! They loved it and like Oliver Twist they asked for more. They were fast transforming the place into a comfort zone. A comfort zone is that place where we think we have arrived; we no longer wish to move ahead no matter what promises lie before us.
A train station, an airport or a bus stop were never meant to be anybody’s permanent residence no matter how charming they might look. When God takes you somewhere for a season and you decide to make of it your permanent habitat, you have just created for yourself a comfort zone.
No matter how sweet that valley is with its beautiful flowers, enchanting butterflies and flowing streams, if God tells you to keep moving, rest assured that the best is yet ahead. Comfort zones keep us mediocre; they stop us from facing challenges and breaking new grounds, and eventually, they prevent us from being the best could be.
Show me a man stuck in a comfort zone and I will show you a lazy fellow, a coward, a man without a vision. These are people who will settle for less than they bargained for. Sometimes, God in His love will provoke earthquakes to kick us out of our comfort zones into our assignment. Your assignment is more important than your personal comfort.
Remember the great deliverance Jesus wrought just after descending from the mountain of transfiguration and the lesson His disciples learned about the importance of fasting. If you are presently settled in a position because you are too afraid of the unknown or because you do not want to deal with that issue ahead, you are probably in a comfort zone.
It may feel comfortable for now but you will soon discover that you are missing out on a lot of nice things. Launch out in faith and trust God to guide you along the way. Remember Father Abraham (Genesis 12).