Value Within the Unfamiliar

Last week, I was in an airport across the world waiting to come home. We had a 14 hour layover and were just spending time in the coffee shop when I wandered out front to stretch my legs. My phone was charging at our table just inside the outer window as I strolled out to take in the scenes and smells.

I turned to walk back in but there was an armed soldier preventing my re-entry. He pointed upstairs and informed me that I could only re-enter through the doors on the second floor. My attempts at an explanation or appeals to step right back into my table got me nowhere.

Upstairs, they informed me that I needed my outbound ticket to be granted access. I realized that the only ticket I had was on my phone, which was inside. I tried to explain and got nowhere. Fortunately, I was able to go back downstairs and get the attention of my friends through the glass to bring my phone out but for a minute I was stranded in a foreign land with no way to get to what or where I needed to go home.

This was the return trip from a week in a culture where language, food, smells, traffic and customs among other things were outside of my comfort zone. Connection and understanding is possible but requires greater intentionality than the familiarity of home. Insecurities related to your purpose, abilities, reason or choices can emerge in the discomfort of the unfamiliar.

Going places on a calling related to the Kingdom brings hope that you are bringing some value. Beyond that, however, the value is within. The revelation of insecurities when security based in preference is gone offers the opportunity for redemption. It requires dependence on God’s grace and your identity in Him beyond the controllable aspects of life and ministry.

Every time we agree to step into unfamiliar circumstances the likelihood of exposure within us multiplies. For as long as we are comfortable and controllable, there is a security in our maintenance. Outside of routine boundaries such as common language and agreement based in our upbringing, there are questions that can bring value in their answers.

Reliance is so much more real when there is no other plan. True reliance builds true understanding of true identity in true faith. The product is greater security in Him; not the substituted security controlled by me or my ability to move in familiar expectations.

 

2 thoughts on “Value Within the Unfamiliar

  1. The last sentence in the third paragraph from the bottom and the last paragraph are soooo profound. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer in November and had a massive surgery within a week. I was crushed and broken by the news. Nobody in my family has had cancer… I was happy, healthy serving God and my family. This was tragic to me. I wasn’t given any options besides surgery. None. I was so secure and confident in my daily life never thinking anything would bring my deep fears to the surface. Fears from sexual abuse and rape from my ex-husband that happened in 2004-2005. I thought that was all behind me until I was told and researched about the complete hysterectomy surgery I was to undergo. Anyway, I was undone. Ive never wanted anything less than this surgery….. it was all out of my control and there was nothing I could do about any of it.
    I am blessed, slowly healing and thankful to be cancer free and alive. While I still grieve the invasion of my body and the loss of my female organs, I cling to Christ and His grace.

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