It is nice to be back with the Spiritual Journey First Thursday crew. Pat from A writer on a Horse and Dog has the round-up this month with the topic of "getting out of our comfort zone."
"We all have those moments in our life that fill up time and space with both darkness and light, both happiness and sadness, and it is in those moments that we are all defined and changed. We can look at those moments, those minutes and hours, and come to the realization God changed us and marked us in those moments."
These words appeared in a column in our local newspaper this week.
My community shuffled in and out of their comfort zones this week as they laid to rest a young man whose life of 15 years was cut too short. I know of his family, and my husband has worked with his grandfather for many years. But neither of us knew Jacob.
What we have learned was that Jacob had a very strong and visible faith. He shared his faith with others, and many described him as a true servant. When it came to his faith, he was in a comfort zone where many teenagers, as well as some adults, find themselves uncomfortable. Openly sharing their faith at a young age is not an easy thing to do, but Jacob lived like Jesus. Jacob found his comfort zone.
And that is how he is remembered.
His mother told my husband at the visitation, "Tomorrow, I will be one day closer to him."
That is faith. That is truly living in a comfort zone.
Living my faith is something I have struggled with several years for many reasons. That is one of the reason why I started this blog. Seeing my community go through this experience has made me think not about getting out of my comfort zone,
but finding it and living it instead.