Comfort is found in the familiar. As I sit on my own couch today, enjoying the feel of the cushions I am instantly comforted by its familiarity.
As I journey to other countries I find comfort in the familiar that the Lord sets up for me and in the rhythm that I’ve set up for myself.
For instance, when I took my first step out of the plane and onto Uganda soil the the air smelled like the mid-west prairies where we would vacation when I was a child. I cannot tell you the thrill this was to me, there was immediate comfort and familiarity even in a foreign land.
Being an introspective person there is comfort in contemplation and this I can do anywhere. There is comfort in the presence of the Lord and when I travel he goes before me, with me, and behind me. I find comfort is writing and journaling, habits of pondering and prayer.
I’ll jump right to the conclusion. What I’ve found is that our comfort can be built into static immovable objects, possessions, routines, or our comfort can be created within our own being as we grow relationship with self and God and others.
The one keeps us tied to one place and thus fragile when away while the other is flexible and ensures that anywhere we go can feel like home.
Resilience is built as we build homes and the comforts found there inside our own beings, then as we take us anywhere home follows, comforts are not lacking, and we are simply able to do more and serve others with less concern for self.
It’s simply a freer way to live.
Simply put, create habits of comfort inside yourself and your strength will be increased.