Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV
Comfort zones are numerous in the world of sport. Each individual athlete or team finds their comfort when trouble or stress comes in some of the following ways: their unique way of warming up before a game, leaning on their strengths in pressure moments, trying to calm down before games by reading or listening music, finding your rhythm of play, using a comfortable, realistic strategy to execute within your limitations. These are some ways athletes can find their sweet spot or comfort zones to perform better. It is very true that in sports and life you only really seek to learn and grow when you are out of your comfort zone. But if a person stays there too long, burnout and fatigue tends to follow after a while and it impacts you negatively.
Comfort zones are good for resting and recuperating. They give us the energy to live some of life and sports outside of our comforts.
I have seen this most clearly lately in life through our 3-week old baby. She can be rowdy and fussy at times, which is her way of telling us that something isn’t right. Sometimes she will really work herself up, crying profusely, breathing quickly and cannot calm down. But when you fix all the necessary things that could be fixed, you bring her close to your chest, and as she leans on it she feels your heat, hears your heartbeat, feels your closeness and starts calming down and falling asleep. God also wants to bring us to His chest, to provide us this same parental comfort and calm, letting us know He is very near.
How do you find comfort in troubled times?
Can you feel Gods presence, His heat, or hear His heartbeat during those times?
What would change in your life if you found your comfort in being so close to God?