The Rewards of Being In An Uncomfortable Place
My husband Carl and I went to the Bahamas for vacation. We took a three-hour flight from New York to Miami. The flight was full and I so was tired from cleaning the house and doing some last-minute packing the night before. I couldn’t wait to get on the plane so I could rest for a few hours. As we boarded the plane to take our seaWts, my husband began to complain to the flight attendant about his seating arrangements. His seat was too tight and his legs were too long. Carl is 6’ 8” and He as Uncomfortable!
I tried to comfort him. I told him that we will only be flying for three hours, (like that was going to do any good, well of course it didn’t.) The flight attendant explained to us, the flight was full and that it was impossible to change his seat. Now Carl was getting more upset and refused to fly the same airline again! He was so bitter about the situation, he tried to make the person seated in front of him uncomfortable, and he said “if I can’t relax then the person in front of me can’t relax either!” How selfish of him right?
Later on in the flight, the attendant tried to accommodate him the best way possible, she said to him “you can have whatever you want to make your flight comfortable, we just can’t move your seat.” She offered my husband extra soda, tea, coffee, peanuts, pretzels, and cookies. Every time she walked by us, she would drop extra snacks in his lap. Wow! Before we left; my purse was full of airline snacks!
Now…. my husband was smiling from ear to ear as the flight attendant tried everything thing she could to make the uncomfortable place; comfortable. Near the end of the flight, she gave him a “flight pin” as a reward for being a good passenger in an uncomfortable place.
Carl’s seating issue reminded me of Paul asking the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh and the Lord told him that “his grace is sufficient enough for him, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” After the Lord’s response, the apostle then said “therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
Being uncomfortable can make you bitter and your actions can cause people around you to become just as bitter as you. Sometimes God will put you in an uncomfortable place to humble you or keep you from being spiritually prideful. But the rewards of being humble is worth the struggle.
I noticed everyone on the flight was offered the same snacks and hospitality as my husband received. However, because he was in an uncomfortable place, he received more than the other passengers on the flight to Miami. God’s unmerited favor is enough to make any situation bearable and because you kept the faith, he will reward you double just like he did for Job in his uncomfortable place; He received “Double for his Trouble” Job 42:10Sometimes God will put you in an uncomfortable place to humble you. Click To Tweet
Remember when Jesus prayed this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane before going to his uncomfortable place on the cross? He said, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39. After hearing no response, Jesus knew that God’s grace was enough and the plan had to be fulfilled.
You may be in an uncomfortable place now, perhaps you have asked God to fix the problem and you have not heard a response to your prayer, Instead of asking God to fix it, I encourage you now to ask God to give you the strength to bear the uncomfortable place; so that you may fulfill his plan for your life.
A “Double Portion of Greatness” will be your reward!!