Have you ever wondered why the top blanket on a bed is called a comforter? Well, I hadn’t either, until now. I can only assume it’s called a comforter because it’s comfortable? But to actually be a comforter, it needs to be stuffed with something inside (like feathers), and sown together by 2 pieces of fabric (like a shell). If it had buttons or a zipper, and access to the inside, then it’s not a comforter; it’s a duvet.
Everyone has one; a comforter. Whether it’s on your bed, your spouse or parents, a mentor, or a friend. Everyone has something, or someone, that helps them feel better about a situation or a hardship. A warm and peaceful feeling that everything is going to be OK.
But, life goes on. The comforter can only give so much. When our feelings improve, we leave our comforter and continue to live our lives, independently. We muster through our days getting what we can from them, then repeat. It all starts over again in the morning.
I want to tell you about another comforter. A comforter that never leaves, and a comforter that you can never walk away from. Even if you don’t see it, believe it, or know it. A comforter that is silent, and very loud, simultaneously. A comforter that is camouflaged, yet visible. A comforter that is soft as feathers, but stronger than any force or metal imaginable. That comforter is God. That comforter is Jesus! That comforter is the Holy Spirit. And even if you don’t believe in Him, He is with you.
Sometimes God’s reasons don’t feel comforting. But if everything always made sense, where would faith, hope, and trust fit in?
Focusing on God’s will and perfect plan, and trusting His wisdom, makes the uncomfortable things in life, comfortable. God IS our Comforter.
I hope you are encouraged to rest in the only Comforter that truly makes everything OK.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5