By Jacob Bembry
As the younger man approached, he could smell the burning leaves and hear the rake, which gathered the leaves into the pile with a whooshing sound. Under foot, he could hear the crackling of the small branches, which had fallen from the trees. They gently broke beneath soft footfall. The crisp autumn air felt good. It was just a tad chilly but the closer he got to the fire, the warmer he became. The fire provided warmth and comfort. The younger man was now in a comfort zone and he stood beside the old man who kept sweeping the leaves onto the fire.
The younger man realized his whole world had been a world of comfort. While he did not live in a house with crystal chandeliers or drive an expensive car, he did know comfort. He had a roof over his head and a vehicle to drive back and forth to work in. The fare set before him at mealtime was always sumptuous and he enjoyed every morsel that he put in his mouth. He was well clothed, whether he was well dressed or not. His shoes protected the soles of his feet, even though a soul had not had to be sold to pay the price for them.
“Thank you, God, for all your blessings,” the younger man said silently as he reached over to offer to take the rake from the older man. The old man gave up the rake without a struggle and watched the younger man take up his battle against the leaves.
The old man had been responsible for much of the comfort the young man knew. He had taught him also to step out of his comfort zone and to stand up for the things he believed in. Like his father, the son believed in God, family and country.
Have you stepped out of your comfort zone today? Or are you content to feast on God’s blessings while there is a famine in your soul? Let God take you out of the comfort zone.