Do you love an adventure? Several years ago, Bev and I flew to California and helped our kids move back to the East Coast. We drove a rental truck loaded with household stuff through the deserts of Nevada and Utah, over the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado, across the flat plains of the Midwest. We ate in little local restaurants, stopped when we wanted, and generally enjoyed the days. It was an adventure. Last week I “traveled” back to Israel while reading the posts and pictures of another couple making the trip. 20 years ago, Bev and I stood in some of those same places, another of our unforgettable adventures.
This Monday morning are you ready to take an adventure? Ok, I think some of you are laughing, right? “Sure, Jerry,” said with sarcasm, “because it is Monday and I’m off to work. There is no time for adventure.” Think again! Not all adventures take us across the country or to some foreign location.
God, the Holy Spirit, has plans for you today. Paul says “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
Don’t dismiss the idea. Open your heart to Him. Invite the Spirit to create moments of unexpected opportunities for spiritual adventures today. Perhaps there is a conversation waiting to happen that could help someone change course in life. Perhaps there is a moment with one of your children when you will find her heart open to you.
Our highest calling and the place of our most lasting contribution to this world is where God and we walk together, discovering His plans. Make life a quest for the holy! Instead of looking for grand moments prayerfully look for God’s guidance in the ordinary and mundane. As much as I treasure the memories of Israel and that cross country drive, the real life I enjoyed with my sweetheart was the adventure of making a life together, watching four wonderful kids grow into adulthood, sharing the calling of leading a local church, seeing God lead and provide day after day.
Here is a word from the Word. Own it! “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:18-19, NIV)
Abba, raise my eyes,
Enlarge my vision!
Replace groaning with laughter,
Duty with delight.
In the ordinary give me
An awareness of Your holy Presence.
May I be wise enough
To seize every opportunity
To love, to laugh, to worship;
Yes, to live to the full.
That You, Jesus, may be
Honored in my thoughts, words, and actions.