My New God-Given Assignment: Living on a Sailboat
by Grace Fox
My husband grew up in a beachfront house. I grew up on the Alberta prairies. He was six years old when he drove a speedboat for the first time. I was twenty when I first rowed, and I did it backwards. We’re living proof that opposites attract. But we do share one important passion—our love for God.
Twenty years ago, God planted a desire in our hearts to live on a sailboat someday. “Yes, that would be nice,” we said. “Maybe when we retire.”
Last year in August, God said, “Now.”
“But we haven’t retired yet,” we said.
“Doesn’t matter. Now’s the time.” The conviction that this was indeed God’s voice and not our crazy imagination was clear and strong.
Our mutual love for God spurred us to obedience. First, we spoke with a banker and insurance agents about financial details. We searched from mid-Vancouver Island to Portland, Oregon until we found a suitable vessel. Then we sold or gave away nearly all our earthly belongings.
The Lord opened one door after another. The most significant was providing a slip for our 48-foot vessel. Every boat broker within a 200-mile radius told us there were no live-aboard slips available in the Vancouver area. “There’s usually a seven-year waiting list,” they said.
In late August we’d checked out a sailboat moored on the Fraser River. It didn’t suit our needs, but we admired the location. We prayed, “Do a miracle, Lord. If this is where You want us to live, then make this slip available.”
The marina manager contacted us on February 22, five days before we had to move out of our house and into our boat. “That boat sold and the new owners have removed it. The slip is yours if you want it.”
Some people think we’re living our dream. I believe that’s partly true, but I also believe we’re here on assignment. None of our neighbors know Jesus as a friend. Some are angry with Him because His followers have mistreated them. Some have never heard of His love for them. We’re here as Christ’s ambassadors, to love our neighbors as He would.
I live in a sailboat moored at a marina amongst an unreached people group. If God can use a prairie girl who once rowed a boat backwards, He can use anyone to accomplish His purposes.
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of nine books, including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with 200 missionaries in 25 countries.