Where’s your comfort zone?
A new city, a new job, a new flat, a new church family. Change is hard. Especially when it all comes at once.
I’ve had all sorts of emotions since moving to London with my husband three weeks ago. It’s been exciting but daunting. Meeting new people has been fun but not without fear.
How am I coming across? What do they think of me? Am I going to ‘fit in’?
It’s not just that I’ve left my comfort zone. With so much change, I'm not sure where it is any more.
But actually, my comfort zone is in the same place it’s always been. It’s in the God of comfort and not in my changing circumstances (2 Corinthians 1:3).
This is why the writer of the Psalms no longer looks to everything he can’t control. Amidst the hills, the challenges that he awaits, he looks to the God who holds everything in his control.
I lift my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth,
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3
If the Lord God holds the hills, he certainly holds me and you. And he will keep me and you.
We must lift our eyes from ourselves. Lift our eyes to God, because our help comes from him. Not from within ourselves or our circumstances.
Looking to God will often look like talking to him - about him, about our fears, about our situation.
We’ll never see our circumstances as opportunities to bring glory to our loving heavenly Father so long as our gaze is fixed on them.
Fix your eyes on the Lord. Ask him to see what he’s teaching you, how he’s changing you, how he’s holding you.
If we do, no matter how our lives change, our comfort zone never does.