Zone Out

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

And Abram said, “I’m really pretty much in the zone here. I’m really comfortable. What new land are you referring to? What am I going to be doing there? Do they speak my language there? Do you have a map? Do they have the kind of foods I am used to? The wife isn’t going to be happy about this. I’m a bit old to be resettling. How long will it take to get there? Are there giants in the land? Is this really the Lord? You sound a lot like the devil?”

When a player is doing great, all his shots are going in and he can’t seem to do anything wrong, we say he is “in the zone.” When we kind of lose control and contact with reality we say we are “zoned out.”

Did you ever stop to think that the Lord is trying to get you out of your zone, your comfort zone? When we are “in the zone” we are satisfied and pretty pleased with ourselves. We are in no place to be used by God or to see Him work in our lives. We have the illusion of control.

When we know where our next paycheck is coming from, when we know what is going to happen today, tomorrow and next week, when our world is oh so familiar, we are “in the zone” but not in a good God place.

When we are not sure about tomorrow, when we are living in today and not tomorrow, when we don’t know where we are going, when life is as exciting as it was meant to be, we are in the God zone. That’s a wonderfully scary place to be.


NIck's been an attorney for 34 years, served as a pastor and blogs almost daily.

Nick’s been an attorney for 34 years, served as a pastor and blogs almost daily.

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