Life is marked by change. Eighteen months ago, my husband and I purged our earthly belongings and moved aboard a sailboat. This was no midlife crisis. We did it because God said “go.”

Transitioning from house to boat was my husband’s dream come true. He grew up in a waterfront home and drove a speedboat when he was six years old. He later built a small sailboat and then owned a 27-foot Catalina. As for me—well, I grew up on the Alberta prairies. The first time I rowed a boat, I did it backwards. I don’t even like cold showers.

Moving onto a sailboat was far beyond my comfort zone. Fear might have overwhelmed me except for one thing: understanding God’s character.

A lifetime of walking with the Lord through sunshine and shadow has taught me a few things about what He’s like: He’s faithful. He always has our best interest in mind. He never leaves our side. He surrounds us like a shield with His lovingkindness. He provides. He brings joy.

Change is inevitable. Sometimes it comes in a nanosecond with no warning whatsoever. Other times we see it approach and have time to prepare. Regardless, it often brings uncertainty, and uncertainty breeds fear.

Next time change knocks on your door, refuse to let fear stop you from opening it. Instead, focus on the truth about who God is. Thank Him that change brings opportunities to know Him more intimately.

Eighteen months after making our significant change, I have no regrets. I’ve experienced more joy and peace—and opportunities to give thanks when things don’t go as expected—than in the past two decades. Walking in the truth of who God is made the difference for me, and it can do the same for you.

Grace Fox is the author of nine books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation (Harvest House Publishers). She regularly speaks at women’s events across North America. As a career global worker, she also trains church leaders and national missionaries in Nepal and the Middle East.





2 thoughts on “Living Beyond Our Comfort Zone

MaryAnn Diorio

August 19, 2019 - 03 : 31 : 59

Dear Grace,

I love this post and your emphasis on knowing God’s character! This knowledge is the foundation of trust and makes all the difference in experiencing God’s plan for our lives. Thank you so much for reminding us that God is perfectly trustworthy.

Blessings and Happy Sailing!



    Grace Fox

    August 19, 2019 - 13 : 14 : 06

    Hi MaryAnn:

    I totally agree with you. Our thoughts about who God is are the most important thing about us. We’d best ensure that those thoughts are based on truth. When they are, courage replaces fear. Confidence in His good intentions toward us replaces mistrust. I wouldn’t trade the lessons I’m learning for anything in the world!



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