Uncharted Water: My True Comfort Zone

Jesus Is My Comfort Zone

I love my comfort zone. Order and routine. Plans and check-off lists. I like to stick with what I know, and do things I’m confident I can accomplish successfully. Predictability is my friend.

Out of My Comfort Zone

Except staying there doesn’t seem to be part of God’s plan. He wants me to rely not on myself, but on Him. He plunges me into uncharted water. A vast sea of unfamiliar and unknown. Unwanted.

I see nothing but endless ocean, stretched in every direction. And I don’t know where to take the boat. I don’t even see any way to steer it. Nowhere is there a sail, motor, or pair of oars. It’s just me in the boat.

I respond with panic, fear and anxiety. I grumble and worry and whine.  Oh, I pray, but my prayer is a one-sided litany of I can’t and I don’t know how.

Jesus Is My Comfort Zone

Until finally, I listen. The Truth slowly penetrates my panic. I’m never alone in the boat. Jesus is my comfort zone. How can I worry about changes in my life, when He never changes?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever Hebrews 13:8.

Why do I worry when I know He never leaves me? (Hebrews 13:5 and Deuteronomy 31:6)

Staying in My True Comfort Zone

I see God do amazing things when I stay in my true my comfort zone and let Him lead me, relying on His power and strength instead of my own. He transforms me into who He created me to become. The fruit of the Spirit blossoms and grows, ready to offer others.

To stay in my true comfort zone, I must pray with more than my fear and anxiety. The Psalms show a pattern of talking to God in the midst of uncharted water: express the problem honestly but never forget God’s faithfulness. Always praise Him, even in the midst of pain and the unknown. This week, I read Psalm 13, and while I don’t face the problems David did, his psalm provides a model of staying in my true comfort zone.

Linking with Five Minute Friday, Grace and Truth, Faith and Fire, Dance with Jesus.

 

 

Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

11 thoughts on “Uncharted Water: My True Comfort Zone”

  1. Loved this, Debbie, and your description of being out on the ocean with no idea where to go brought me back to a training exercise in which I and a swim buddy were dumped in the Pacific…an unknown distance from San Diego.

    The point was to get oriented…I mean, if we swam east we’d eventually hit land…and start working.

    As it happened, this was a head game, and after twelve hours we were picked up. The whole point was to have faith in what we knew to be true, and act accordingly.

    The biggest impression, though, was the feeling of thousands of feet of water under us. That was really eerie.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/07/your-dying-spouse-336-gods-lighthouse.html

    1. No training exercises for me, but my husband is an avid sailor. We owned a sail boat for a time. Of course, with GPS, you always know where you are, but seeing nothing but miles of water can make you feel small. As a history teacher, I truly respect those explorers who ventured off without accurate maps, discovered new lands, and still made it home. I don’t think God ever wants me to be in anything but uncharted water. Otherwise, I rely on myself instead of Him. Thanks for stopping by today; I always enjoy your comments and perspectives.

  2. My FMF post was on a similar theme and I agree, while I long for comfort sometimes, it is much better to be stepping out where God can use us, where we are trusting in his strength rather than our own. The Psalms are a great model for being honest about the challenges but keeping focussed on who God is.

  3. Oh how your post resonates with me. The checklists, the plans and schedule. 🙂 But, like you, I’m facing unchartered waters. Your words are a comfort, an inspiration. A reminder that I know I’ll need again and again, so I’ll be heading to the library later today to print this so I can past it inside my planner. Godspeed on your journey in unchartered waters! (your FMF neighbor)

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.