The God of Comfort – Part 2
By Jean-Marie Jobs
I have often asked myself if why I put so much energy into avoiding. Avoiding the conversations I imagine will be ‘hard’, avoiding situations I think will be uncomfortable, avoiding people I decide don’t like me or are ‘hard’ to be around. I am not suggesting we all become masochists. I am wondering where the line is between avoiding and stepping in to a situation/conversation/relationship with faith, hope and love.
What if I get hurt? What if I find out someone doesn’t really like me? Maybe it seems safer to just imagine the outcome because if I engage there is always the chance I’m wrong. What would it be like to walk through those doorways?
It’s not bad to be comfortable. Notice when the draw towards comfort of your own making distracts you or prevents you from receiving God’s comfort.
You see, here’s the catch: In order to be comforted, you must first allow yourself to actually experience loss, grief or sorrow. Comfort only exists in the context of suffering. Without suffering there is no comfort; you can’t be comforted if you refuse to mourn.
What have you avoided authentically grieving, up until now?