Out of My Comfort Zone

It’s been more than two months since Melvin and I got married. In a few months, God had taught us lots of lessons already.

I can sum up my two months of new life in four words: out of comfort zone. It seems that I entered a whole new world. New civil status, new home, new company at home, new environment, new schedule, new work.

It was two months before our wedding when we decided that we would be settling in Metro Manila after our wedding, which meant that I had to resign from my first ever job. I had to leave my second home for almost five years. I had to say goodbye to my workmates who I considered family. I had to leave the convenience of travelling less than fifteen minutes from home to work and vice versa. I had to change the routines which I had been doing for a couple of years. The decision also meant that I would live miles away from what has been my home for all my life. New room, new dining room, new kitchen, new bathroom, new space. Moreover, it meant changing my usual routine of going to SM Tarlac with my sister or friends to grab a snack after work or have dinner or coffee. The decision meant that I would no longer be one text message away from my friends to meet up. I had to leave my usual life. I had to leave, I must admit, my comfort zone.

And I didn’t want to do that at first. I didn’t like the idea of finding a new job. I didn’t like the hassle of preparing for teaching demonstrations, exams, and interviews. I can’t imagine myself finding a temporary house. I didn’t like the thought of living in the city where I knew I would need to wake up and leave home very early in the morning to avoid heavy traffic. I loved where I was. I didn’t want to move.

But it is true that when God uproots you from where you are, He would definitely plant and let you bloom on another soil. Believe it or not, in less than a month I already got hired in the first and only company where I applied for a teaching job. A week after our wedding day, we found our temporary home which is just near our workplace. I left my job in Tarlac on the last week of April and started with my new job on the first week of May. My new work environment is not far from the previous one— very welcoming. Can I say that I am so good to have accomplished all of these? No! It’s all God’s work. His amazing grace. Undeserved favor.

It’s easier (and cheesier) to say that I chose to leave my comfort zone because of my love for my then husband-to-be, but the truth is that God just carried me. He carried me from my comfort zone to the pruning zone, because He has great plans not just for me but for us, for His glory.

Waking up and leaving home early in the morning every weekday, travelling to and from Tarlac weekly, cooking/preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals, budgeting finances, new job, cleaning the house, paying for electricity and water bills, trying to live independently (from parents), discovering our differences, adjustments in how we spend our income, lifestyle,  making decisions. I cannot believe that Melvin and I have survived more than two months already! Correction: not just surviving. We are enjoying. And surely, it’s only by the grace of God. Every day, I praise God for my husband who is the concrete display of His grace and love. I know there’ll be more pruning along the way, but with Jesus Christ as our vine, we will bear much fruit. And that far outweighs staying in the zone of comfort.

-Bubbles, 07/09/16

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