*guest blogger Sharon Srock
What does the word doubt mean to you?
I’m sure we’d get lots of answers if we were having a regular conversation. Uncertainty of a new situation, or place. Distrust of a new person, or an old person who’s hurt us in the past. A lack of belief that the good times will return when times aren’t so good. Sometimes our most serious doubts are directed inward. I can’t do this. I’m not good enough.
I’d be willing to bet that we’ve all been in those situations. After all, it’s easier to stay where we are, with people we trust, especially in the bad times. Our comfort zone is our security blanket. Inside our comfort zone it doesn’t matter what others think of us or even what we think of ourselves.
Did you know that God makes it a habit of asking us to leave our comfort zone? Moses had it good in Egypt’s palace, Joseph was his father’s favorite son, Esther was just a young girl minding her own business, Joseph and Mary were happy in the life they had planned with each other, and Peter spent his days fishing. God nudged them out of their comfort and into a new place, with new tasks, new people, new doubts.
Read the third and fourth chapters of exodus. I love Moses’ conversation (argument) with God in the desert.
God said, Go back to Egypt and bring my people home.
Who am I to appear before Pharaoh?
Who am I to lead the people out of Egypt?
What if they won’t believe me or listen to me?
What if they say “The Lord never appeared to you?”
I’m not good with words, I get so tongue-tied.
Please send someone else.
You know what I’ve learned from these examples? God isn’t interested in our excuses. He met each of Moses’ doubts with a promise. Moses, Joseph, Esther, Mary and Joseph, and Peter all left their comfort zone and their doubts behind and great things happened.
What’s God urging you to do?
Sharon Srock lives with her husband Larry in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. Between them they have 6 kids, and 23 grands and great-grands. Holidays are a joyful challenge. A lifetime reader, writing was never her dream, but God had other ideas. Her hobbies include Star Trek, NASCAR, and panning for gold. She recently signed a contract with Harbourlight for the first 2 books in her 6 book Women of Valley View series. The first book, The Women of Valley View: Callie is in its final edit and should release by the end of the year.
Women of Valley View: Callie
Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.
Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.
Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing. And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.
For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.