Dorothy's Desk

Longing for Adventure

I wanted some ‘adventure’ today. Something unusual and exciting. I talked to my granddaughter, Jasmine, about it. She had nothing to suggest.

So first I got an official definition of adventure from the dictionary:

adventure |adˈvenCHər, əd-|noun

* an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity,
* daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm, a sense of adventure.
* engage in hazardous and exciting activity, esp. the exploration of unknown territory
* ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French aventure (noun), aventurer(verb), based on Latin adventurus ‘about to happen,’ from advenire‘arrive.’

I carefully read, considered, thought about (and evidently read a Thesaurus) and stopped in my tracks.

Yes, I want an adventure… but the question is Whose Adventure? Which Adventure? Who gets to set the rules?

I’m thinking Hobbits here, and I suspect that there are no rules. Once you’re in, you’re in for the duration/resolution/end/ whatever.

hmmmm

I wonder if my definition of ‘adventure’ is just an activity that is fun and distracting from the mediocrity of the present moment. Something that will inflate my self-esteem but not enlarge my soul.

IMG_0211One adventure I really DO want to undertake is riding in a Hot Air Balloon. Yes. I think that will certainly qualify as an adventure. I would like to blog about it, take tons of pictures, and survive the day.

Then it struck me, I should pray and ask God about this adventure thing. Maybe my dictionary definition is just waaaaay too limiting.. But an adventure can be a lot of things. And if God leads me into an adventure I guarantee you, I’ll be in over my head.

* Learning to trust at a completely different level.
* seeing things differently
* need to remember that often times, adventures are harder than they look and last longer than you might think
* I might want to quit right there in the middle
* some adventures are complete surprises
* could it be that our entire life is an adventure in learning to trust Christ? In learning to pay attention to the real things that matter.

Okay, so the great adventures from the Bible — you know, Noah, Moses, Elijah, David, … yeah, those have already been done and don’t apply to me.

Except, what if my big adventure is to decide to Focus on Jesus Christ and seek to LOVE Him most of all. To intimately KNOW His heart. Go where He leads, share what He says, give when He points to me, read His Word to feed the hunger in my soul.

That doesn’t sound so scary or hard BUT REMEMBER THIS:
Trusting Him when we don’t understand is hard. It’s hard to give thanks for a hard things. Yet this is important to the development of our faith. So quitting in the middle is not an option.

I’m genuinely eager to see where this adventure will take me.
I believe I can begin this adventure right this very minute.
And so I am.

3 thoughts on “Longing for Adventure

  1. Cindy Hansberry

    Love this perspective on trust and focus on Christ = adventure. Appreciate the challenge and depth of your statement: “Something that will inflate my self-esteem but not enlarge my soul.” I want the lasting, soul satisfying joy that comes in the adventure with Christ!

  2. dotlatjohn

    A great teaching here, Dorothy, expressed so well. It’s true that when we launch out on an adventure with Jesus, it can be exciting, scary and challenging at times. But if we won’t quit, He will be faithful. Also the thought about doing something that “inflates my self-esteem but not enlarge my soul” shows wisdom and discernment.

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