comfort

“For myself, I find I become less cynical rather than more–
remembering my own sins and follies;
and realize that men’s hearts are not often as bad as their acts,
and very seldom as bad as their words.”

J.R.R. Tolkien


(the beach is calling at The Pearl Hotel / Rosemary Beach / Julie Cook / 2017)

Anyone who has ever been to the beach and mixed…
wet bathing suits + sticky salty ocean water + greasy lotions + red burning skin +
lots and lots of sand…
all know first hand that the idea of comfort is a relative concept.

Add into the mix sitting in a wet sagging canvas “lounge” chair and the thought
of running naked through the surf becomes somewhat appealing….

Now don’t get me wrong—I love the whole notion of all of the above, as it is
part and parcel of a true “beach” experience…
as we throw in the sound of shrieking children bouncing in the surf,
alcohol induced howling conversations,
beach volleyball, football, bocce ball aficionados showing off the not so sculpted bodies,
music that is not a part of your personal iTunes…
and the whole concept of peaceful and soothing also becomes relative.

And yet there is comfort in the moment.

Comfort found in being elsewhere and other than.

As we are all creatures who truly love their comfort…
Both physical comfort as well as emotional…
We don’t much care for the idea of being deprived of anything in our neat little
comfortable worlds.

I suppose it would be well observed and easily noted that we humans may be known as
creatures who live for our comfort…
as well as for those things which make us such….

But the thing is….we were never promised comfort…
God made no promises in the area of all things comfortable.
And if truth be told, He had actually provided for such in the very beginning,
but there was that little issue over that apple and just as quickly,
any continuing promise of comfort vanished….

So it seems as if we, as in we human beings, have been in pursuit of all things
of comfort ever since that fateful day.

But now we see a little rub within said pursuit…

Enter one named Yeshua…

I prefer using the Aramaic translation of the latin name, Jesus,
as in it is more inline with what Jesus himself was familiar in hearing—
as in his name is what it is…and that is Yeshua ben Yosef…but I digress….

So Yeshua was asked where it was he stayed,
as those asking wanted to follow him.

But his response was not one of comfort.

For there was not a warm welcoming abode in which he resided.
There was no rest for the weary where He was concerned.
No creature comforts were to be offered, waiting nor ever to be found…
“Foxes have dens and birds have nests,
but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

And again He offers anything but comfort in His admonition to his followers…

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it,
but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world,
yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels,
and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before
they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

And even later it was Paul who reminded those wishing to follow that
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”

So as Christians, a word which actually means little Christ…
the notion of comfort and a life that is comfortable,
is at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Maybe it’s high time we venture from the safety of our comfort zones…

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

13 comments on “comfort

  1. David says:

    Now it is a strange thing to read a blog on comfort Julie, when I found myself prompted to start writing one on the same subject just a few hours ago!

    Let me explain: I have managed to pick up a cold/cough (not quite man flu but equally annoying) and was pondering on the weakness and fallibility of the human body when I heard that inner voice reminding me that God never intended for us to get comfortable in these bodies for they are not what He intended us to inhabit. And at house group last night we were considering the conflict between the nature and the spirit and how much we still need to change through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

    • seems the Spirit is busy 🙂
      it is a difficult area for me because I am very much a creature of habit who loves her things of comfort—both of both and in what surrounds that body—so it was a lesson to myself in my writing as I too David must be reminded that my purpose or role on this planet is not to be comfortable….
      it is assuring knowing we are being spoken to and on the same page today….

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    So often when I start to think I’m getting comfortable in my life, another brick is thrown into the mix. I’m looking forward to a sort of renewal soon. We’re going to begin our travels to S. Carolina next week. I’ll wave as we get near Georgia.

    • well, good news, the I-85 bridge collapse will be repaired and back open Monday–so says the Governor. I was going to tell you to avoid Georgia all together—it took me 2.5 hours yesterday just to get to Atlanta—normally an hour drive—same when I was coming home—So when you get near to the state, honk and I’ll wave 🙂

  3. Lynda says:

    I had two unexpected interruptions today from women who needed to talk things out. I was busy both times but I chuckled inwardly because I do tell God every night that I will be present to those people God brings to me. So although my comfortable busyness was interrupted I’m grateful that “whoever loses their life for me will find it”. Thanks for the reminder Julie!

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