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Embracing the Uncomfortable

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Embracing the Uncomfortable

By Michael Hallman, Brookwoods alumnus

It was 6:50 am on Monday and time to wake up the kids. We all frantically swept and tidied up the Moose cabin as I corralled and somewhat contained the fully-energized eight to ten-year-olds. I remember thinking, “How could a parent possibly have enough energy to do this non-stop?”

Prior to arriving at Brookwoods, I had full confidence in my ability to be a fun camp counselor. But there were a few small details I didn’t take into consideration, such as being their fearless leader when it came time to “Sing Us a (silly) Song” at lunch, not being surprised when a camper wet the bed, or having to ask the hard questions. You get the picture. At times, I was uncomfortable.

Moosers “Exploring” the woods. Michael pictured far right.

As Christians, what are we to do when we face the uncomfortable? Are we to run and maybe just ignore the problem all together? Or become frustrated? This past year, everyone could come up with various reasons for why they may feel uncomfortable. And I could too! But even in this season, the Lord has been teaching me to embrace the uncomfortable—whether it is a lack of income, fear of the future, or having difficult conversations. Perhaps the Lord desires us to embrace exactly where He has us, comfortable or not.

Let me take us back to the story of those wild eight to ten year-olds. I had a decision to make. Would I remain uncomfortable or would I embrace it knowing that the Lord might do something big through it? As you might guess, I decided I would be all-in! I witnessed God touch their lives as they learned what it meant to have purpose and be children of God. There are countless stories of how God used disappointments to become divine appointments. And it all starts with saying “yes” to Him.

I am reminded of Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Let us change the way we understand the challenges and trials of life with hearts postured in full surrender to Christ. He knows our pain. He understands our discomfort. And, He is inviting each of us to grow and to become active participants in His glorious plan. What we may see as obstacles, God sees as opportunities. What decision will you make?

 

Michael Hallman is from the island of Kauai, Hawaii and is currently pursuing a MDiv in Pastoral and General Ministries at Talbot School of Theology. (His undergraduate degree is from Biola University, which is how he found out about camp!) One could summarize his convictions to: loving God, loving others, and making disciples as he desires to help others grow closer in their relationship with God. Michael was a Moose Counselor at Brookwoods in 2014. You can find him on Facebook or reach out via email at michael.c.hallman@biola.edu

 

 

 

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