When I taught writing to middle-schoolers, I used the book Courage (Bernard Waber) to help explain the term show vs tell. This picture book identifies courage in all its forms: everyday courage, such as getting your first haircut or saying I’m sorry … to extraordinary courage like skydiving or bungee jumping.
I don’t crave death-defying adventure so my comfort zone can serve me well in that area. And while I despise snakes, I am not afflicted with any paralyzing phobias.
But the fear of rejection is a powerful force in my life.
I don’t try “fun” new things for fear I might look like a fool, or worse, incompetent.
I don’t eat alone at a restaurant (or go to the movies alone) for fear total strangers might find me pathetic (doesn’t she have any friends?)
I don’t drive to new places on my own for fear I might get lost – or head the wrong direction on a one-way street.
You get the idea.
Delilah not only keeps me in my comfort zone, she reinforces it with steel walls. She tells me this is essential to a pain-free existence: No risk = no failure.
But I don’t think this is where God wants me to live. He does not expect perfection – He only asks for obedience. Comfort zones rely solely on my strength. God wants me to be brave, step outside the box, and rely on Him.