When I grew up I never had a term for what I felt when I was in large groups or around new people. As an adult, the term I hear most often is introvert. I am an introvert. I prefer to be in my comfort zone which usually means I have 10′ of personal space around me at all time. This, much to my dismay, is not possible for my life. I have four children… they don’t know the meaning of personal space.
I wake up and I know that each day I have to find a way to interact with others. I need to find ways to connect and be involved and because we just moved to a new province there is no comfort zone here. Every person, road and place is new.
I have been wondering lately what the Bible says about this. I wonder if any of the disciples were introverts? I wonder if Mary was an introvert? I wonder if any of them struggled with the crowds always pressing in to be closer to Jesus. I also wonder if anyone missed their healing because they couldn’t overcome the crowds. If, because they were introverts, they couldn’t push themselves beyond the sea of people because to do so meant they would lose everything they know.
2 Timothy 1:7 says that the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Isaiah 41: 9-10 I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
These are only a few of the many verses where the Bible writes encouragement for those of us who find it hard to break out of our comfort zone. I don’t want to miss out on the reward because I was too afraid to push through the crowd or I was too shy to go say hello. I want to be a Christian who stands strong and courageous against my own fears or anxieties. I want to be part of the crowding pressing towards Jesus.
And I can. And I will because I believe in the words of the Bible and those words set me free from the labels and the bondage that the world places on me.