This week, while speaking to a group of youth who visited WUFO studios, home of the radio station where I serve as a DJ, I told them about the day I was terrified while trying to operate the board.
Back when I was pretty new on the job, my then co-host decided not to show up for work.
He was the one with knowledge of how to do all that engineering stuff. I was pretty clueless.
So imagine my dismay when I learned that, in his absence, there was no other engineer at the station.
It was just me, alone with all those buttons I didn’t know how to work and over a million people listening.
I was live on air with no help, but there was no turning back. I knew that if I messed up, the sound of dead air would tell on me.
In radio, dead air is an absolute no-no.
Talk about pressure!
My hands were shaking. My breathing was shallow. When I opened the mic to speak, I tried to steady my breaths, but nearly hyperventilated.
I texted my husband Kenya and told him I was alone and feeling confused, nervous and scared out of my wits. The trembling had gotten so bad, in fact, I could hardly hold on to my device to even send the message. I was a wreck.
Kenya responded, “Relax. You can do this. The Lord is with you.”
He then added, “Breathe.”
He told me he could hear the nervousness in my voice.
I said a prayer, took some deep breaths and did my best to remain composed.
To this day, I know without a doubt that nobody but God got me through it. By His grace, after I stopped freaking out, the program flowed seamlessly. I pushed all the right buttons and there was no dead air.
Reflecting back on that day with the thoroughly amused youth group was a reminder that our greatest growth is produced from the toughest situations.
“That was the worst and best thing that ever happened to me in my radio career,” I told them.
That experience forced me out of my comfort zone and required that I trust God. It stretched me, but it also blessed me.
Friend, discomfort isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes, what feels the worst to us, can be the best for us. Very often, what we think we can't handle leads to the biggest breakthroughs.
Take Moses for example.
In Exodus 2, we find the future deliverer of Israel in the land of Midian where he'd fled after killing an Egyptian for beating a fellow Hebrew.
Once there, Moses settled down, married a woman named Zipporah, had a son named Gershom and tended his father-in-law Jethro’s flock.
Moses had gotten into a flow and adopted a whole new life in what was once a strange land. But God was about to draw him out, which is what Moses’ name means, “Drawn Out” (Exodus 2:10).
In Exodus 3:1, Moses came to the mountain of Sinai, or in Hebrew, “Horeb,” the Mountain of God, where the Lord spoke to him through a burning bush.
In this desert area, Moses learned his divine assignment.
The comfortable life he’d made in Midian with his family was suddenly disrupted by God’s providence.
When your plans are disrupted by His providence, it’s always a good thing, even if it doesn’t feel good.
So God told Moses that the Israelites, who were slaves in Egypt, were suffering terribly and their cries had reached Heaven. God needed someone He could send to free His chosen people.
Moses was just the right man for the job, although he had lots of questions and misgivings about his assignment.
He didn’t feel like he was the appropriate choice. He tried desperately to pass God’s mandate off to someone else. He didn’t want to go where God said go. He had no desire to do what God said do.
Has the Lord ever placed you in a position that your flesh rejected? Have you ever found yourself questioning God, bargaining with Him and begging Him to be released from uncomfortable circumstances?
If so, then you know that His will and our way often don’t go together. He doesn’t always do what we want or ask.
Moses didn’t want to deal with the discomfort of letting go of his agenda and adopting God’s. He wasn’t interested in acting as a deliverer and leader of Israel.
Nevertheless, that was God’s plan.
Moses, an obedient servant, did it anyway, albeit reluctantly. Despite his displeasure, he said yes and God’s will was accomplished.
Deliverance came to Israel.
Do you see how Moses’ discomfort was tied to his people’s deliverance?
Like it or not, discomfort and deliverance go together.
If where you are today feels uncomfortable, unacceptable and unideal, don’t panic. Know that the ones God uses, blesses and favors, must face challenging tests of their faith.
Hang in there.
Your great discomfort is leading to a greater deliverance.
God is not finished. He’s going to use the very thing that looks bad and turn it around for good.
The Lord is stretching you!
If you want an increase in blessing, get ready for an increase in testing. The two are related. But that is nothing to be depressed about. God has built you to last. His sustaining power lives within you.
Right now, whether you’re facing challenging money problems, health woes, emotional highs and lows, relationship struggles, or some other devastatingly difficult upsets and personal crises, know that it won’t always be this hard.
Deliverance is coming.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring 1 Peter 5:10 NASB into your cup of inspiration, which says, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, tell yourself that, through this season of discomfort, tests and trials, God’s purpose is being accomplished. Be assured that triumph is waiting on the other side of this transition.
Trust God. He knows what He’s doing.
The greater the discomfort, the greater the deliverance. Wait and see!
Now please join me in praying for the individuals who asked to be included on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” intercessory prayer list. As you intercede for them, I know that God will intervene for you.
Really need your prayers for my wife’s aunt who has just been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. There is a tumor that is there but the doctors cannot do the surgery due to an artery that the tumor is wrapped around. Please pray as this is really hard for my wife and her family. Need a miracle!
Please pray for my marriage. The devil is misleading my husband telling him, he is gay. I have been praying for almost 3 years now. I will not give up, I know my God is a God of miracles. Please pray that God will turn my husband to Him again and speak to his heart and mind. Divorce is not an option to me. I love my husband so dearly and he is my best friend. We have been married for 15 years now. Please pray that God will remove the other man, also married, from his life and give his love for me back to him.
I need prayer for my daughter and her children. She has broken up from a very bad relationship - and she is scared of this guy because he is a manic and could do something to her and her kids. She is very scared of Roberto who she thinks will hurt her. I told her to trust God - Please pray for this man also that God may give him peace and show him love and get this hatred out of him.
Hello, I ask for prayer for God’s healing power. I have been anemic for a while, I believe God can heal me. I am putting in for an appeal, and if it is granted it will be a blessing for my family. We're praying for a new home. I believe that God can do all things. Thank you so much and God bless you.
Praying for spiritual growth and better understanding, spiritual, emotional, and physical health.
Prayer request is that God’s will be done, that I walk close to him and need him more. I want to want more of his presence in my life so God can use me. Pray for the return of my kids Quanterris and Jr. Reunite each of us again in strength, healing, love. Restore our relationship with God. Pray that His will be done. In this day I will trust him. Thanks so much for the empowerment words.
Hello prayer fam. Please pray with me for my business. I need the favour of God for growth. Please pray for my spiritual growth as well. Thank you.
I would like prayer for me to stop worrying and that I can listen to God, and stop talking so much, and that I can die to self and let God be in full control, and speak to me without my emotions getting in the way.
All the inspiration I have read on this site for the last two weeks has hit home with me and my family. We are trying to make our way back to Douglas, WY. I know God is working behind the scenes and I am continuing to pray. My husband and I do not have jobs going on two weeks now. We are looking for the signs to see how God is working for us. We have been able to sell many things to give us a cushion if we need it, but we really don't want to have to use it. I am praying for all of us and for answer to this scary time in our lives. I do know when life is at its worst God is at His best! I am thankful for that!!! Please continue to pray for our family, for God to lead us and show us the way back to Wyoming if it be His will! Our son started school this week and he is not happy at all… we should have never moved at that time in his life. Please pray for us for guidance, wisdom, strength, good jobs, housing and all to work out for our good, because of HIM, The Lord Our God! I am thankful that I found this site, as it has been so helpful to me and I look forward to it! I would love to be able to empower people this way. I am praying about that as well! God bless you all and may The Lord hear our prayers!
Please pray for me. I have a Real Estate exam on Friday 8/28/15.
I pray that God gives me wisdom and understanding of the materials needed to pass this exam. Also that he bless my Real Estate career.
Trin OG wrote:
I need your prayers for major decisions in my life in regards to career and adoption. I have tried to carry and provide for my family and it is too heavy to carry. I am lost and worn out.
Pray for continued trust in God's promises and faithfulness during job search and season as single.
God, I ask that You give me peace as I endure this season of discomfort. Help me trust You through transition and be confident that my time of deliverance, breakthrough and release is nigh. In Jesus' name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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