Good morning! I pray your weekend was blessed. I thank God for a 3-day weekend. It’s so important to find balance in the midst of full life. Seek God on how to manage your time.
TFTD: Stretch beyond your comfort zone
Matthew 12:13 (NKJV)
13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.
I am currently taking some dance classes in order to increase my skill level as I minister through dance at church. One of the important aspects to dancing is stretching. It is important to stretch in order to loosen up the muscles and joints, but it’s also important to stretch because it can help with kicks, arm raises, etc. As I study the foot positions in ballet, I can’t help but feel the pain and discomfort of standing in first or fifth position. It’s so uncomfortable because my body is not used to it. However, in order to grow I must allow myself to be stretched beyond my comfort zone. Now a grand battement is a big kick, at least waist-high. Now the more I stretch, the higher my leg extension will go; bearing in mind, I will experience a temporary level of discomfort in order to execute a beautiful move. I must have faith in the process.
Now in Matthew 12:10, it talks about how Jesus saw a man with a withered hand in the synagogue. Jesus spoke to the man and told him to stretch out his hand and in doing so the man’s hand was restored. I can’t even imagine the level of discomfort that man had to experience. Have you ever been cooped up in a tight space for so long that when it was time to stand up and stretch your body ached? Here this man’s hand had been withered and Jesus comes along and tells him to stretch it out. This scripture blessed me because what I see is that the man had enough faith that he followed Jesus instruction. He knew his hand had been withered for a long time, yet he still followed the instructions. He probably knew that pain would be associated with stretching the very hand that had been withered, yet he did it anyway.
In your Christian walk, you have to be willing to be stretched beyond your comfort zone. Your healing could be attached to your stretching. Your breakthrough could be attached to your stretching. Your spiritual growth could be attached to your stretching. Your financial freedom could be attached to your stretching. It’s time to step outside of that box that you have created for yourself and allow God to stretch you. The discomfort is temporary. The reward is eternal.
What area in your life has God been trying to stretch you in? Step out on faith and allow Him to do what He needs to do through you. Don’t allow comfort to keep you crippled. What if the man with the withered hand didn’t stretch it forth because he was comfortable in the state that he was in? He would have missed his deliverance and restoration.
It’s time to be stretched!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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