God is Adventure
When you think of adventure, what comes to mind? What defines “adventure” for you?
Does riding camel back through the Sahara Desert among the ancient Egyptian pyramids possibly come to mind, or maybe it’s cage diving with Great White Sharks in the South African Sea. Maybe you think of riding passenger side in a helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef, followed by scuba diving it down below. It could be trekking the Great Wall of China, standing at the top of the Burj Al Khalifa in the grand land of Dubai, or celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the streets of Galway, Ireland. Riding elephants in the jungles of Thailand could be your cup of adventure, or maybe it’s merely basking and sunbathing on the beaches of Bali.
Are you a foodie? Maybe your adventurous side thrives by trying exotic crickets and snails on the streets of Vietnam, or maybe you like the finer things like sipping limoncello as the sun sets in Sicily, wine tasting on the picturesque island of Santorini, popping champagne under the twinkling Eiffel Tower when the clock strikes midnight, or sinking your teeth into a perfectly baked pizza drizzled with all of the finest cheeses in little cafes off the streets of Rome. Watching the sun rise over places like the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, or watching it set over treacherous safari rides in Swaziland sounds like a pretty cool affair. Let’s take it up a notch and watch the sun literally stand still throughout the night in Scandinavia. Do you like more of a rush? Maybe adventure to you would be helping to change the world by aiding in undercover rescue operations to rescue girls from sexual slavery in the bars of the Philippines, or helping deliver new lives in run down hospitals in the villages of Haiti.
Whatever it is that lights up your adventurous soul, whether on this list or not, know that it may not fulfill you quite like you may have imagined.
I write this list in the humblest manner to preface what I am about to share. I indeed have done all these things, but only by the grace of God. I think this is the first time I have actually made a little list of some of the incredible blessings I have been able to experience the past few years of my life. As I typed this up, I kept thinking to myself, “Did I actually do these things? Is this real life?!” I almost deleted it all because I hate talking about the blessings I feel so unworthy to have received. But, I feel that these experiences were given to me as a gift from above, and I want to be able to fully share with you what the Lord has taught from me from these so-called “ultimate things to do before you die.”
I would definitely describe myself as an “adventurous” being, with this constant desire to chase and check every bucket list item off my life. But, let me burst a little bubble you may have blown up in your head: these things, this list, will never, EVER, satisfy you or your adventurous desires the way Christ will.
Because I have been given the opportunity to encounter each of these adventures, I can from personal experience say that none have come close to the adventure I have had since saying “yes” to Jesus. I tell you what, nothing lights my soul on fire the way my God does when He reminds me of the love He lavishly lays on me and the glorious riches He bestows upon me. Nothing pumps me up more than driving down an empty back road, blasting worship music and jamming with the Spirit. Not even hiking to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, has given me the chills more than when the Spirit is in my presence. Nothing, my friends, nothing will ever come close to satisfying you the way Jesus can. I promise.
But what made each of these experiences for me so adventurous was having Jesus by my side every step of the way. Overlooking the Grand Canyon was worthless to me if I couldn’t dwell at it in awe of it’s magnificent Creator. All these adventures are nothing less than a gift. A gift, a love note from above, and for me, when I think of “adventure”, I think of the mission God has graciously invited me into. To be able to see His world has just been an extraordinary side note to that.
No earthy love, backpacking tour, or 5 star meal will be able to capture your heart the way my Jesus Christ will. Trust me. BUT, the beautiful thing is, that when you choose to say “yes” to Jesus, He in turn desires to make your heart full. Because my Father knows this adventurous desire I hold in my heart, He has made my relationship with Him an adventurous one. He knows me better than I know myself and He realizes that this is a love language I hold dear to my soul. Since I said “yes” to my Savior, my life has been nothing less than an adventure. He took me to the jungles of Southeast Asia, through charming walkways in Europe, and [to?] the great African bush to watch His intriguing animals in their natural habitats. Everywhere I go, I see Him in every corner. To Him I owe all the praise, thanks, and glory. For He did all these things. He created all this beauty. And He has invited me on this adventurous mission to help rescue His sheep.
I think God actually made us long for adventure — His adventure. God calls all believers to join Him in a rescue mission, “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) and complete the Great Commission. Not only has God created us for this mission; he also wants us to go on the adventure together.
Say “yes” to Jesus. Just do it. You can take the offer, or you can let it go by, but if you let it go you won’t even be able to imagine what you’ve missed! It seems to me that most of us fail to recognize the adventure God calls us to. Open your eyes and see that there is an adventure with the God of the Universe before you every day. You just have to say “yes.” Make Him your favorite. And never turn back. Since the day I made Him my everything, I have had the most adventurous life one could ever imagine. And the crazy thing is, it is just the beginning! I still have so many more adventures to encounter with Him, and I can’t wait for those. Even if it’s sitting on the front porch of my house, with 7 kitties meowing my name for the rest of my life, it will be an adventure, and nothing could be more exciting than that if I have Christ by my side.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
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