Do you want the adventure?

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“I could never do that,” she said.

I gave her a close-lipped smile, shrugged my shoulders in a ‘ it was no big deal’ type of way and then said, ‘It was an adventure. But…a comfortable adventure actually. I have no problem going out on my own like that. Maybe I’m the weird one.”

And we shared a brief laugh together.

We’d been sharing our travel stories, mine of the time when I borrowed my sister’s two man tent and with a sleeping bag, cooler, a medium-sized duffel bag packed with just the necessities, and a handful of country music cd’s, I drove across Alberta, through Waterton Lakes and then into rainy Montana. I camped. I hiked. I swam in hot-springs. I had coffee in small road-side cafes and had conversations with waitresses, gas station owners, and other travelers. After the two weeks on the road, I knew the lyrics of Collin Raye and John Michael Montgomery songs like I knew how to speak ‘hello.’

And my maps were beginning to tear in the creases. Yes, I was using a paper map! This trip was before GPS devices were even on the market. Having to pull over to the side of the road with that ‘panic’ feeling starting to well in the bottom of my belly (where am I), and running my fingers again along the route of the map spread across my passenger seat, was part of the adventure.

I had a vision of where I was going to visit and a route planned with color-coded lines to let me know what type of highway I would be driving (major, secondary) and approximate driving times between the cities and towns. I knew the route, trusted my map, just didn’t know the details of what I would be experiencing along the way. Like any well-planned trip, stuff happens.  I ran into construction detours, already full-campsites, and stormy weather that changed my three night stay to two in Whitefish, Montana (the destination I was most looking forward to spending time).

The trip didn’t turn out to be what I expected, however in the unexpected was more of an adventure that satisfied.

Many moments I had to let go of my plan, yet still hold onto the road-trip’s overall vision.

And now, I wonder, what would it be like if I start seeing my life here, in this place that is not our real home, as an adventure with God? 

An adventure where I pack light, holding loosely my belongings, bringing the items only necessarily needed at the moment.

An adventure where the map is His word that is always my passenger, pages even creasing and tearing from road-side stops when lost.

An adventure where the construction zone is just a time to rest, wait, and know He will clear the road in His timing.

And an adventure where the vision is to draw closer to God, on His road with boundaries and directions, patience and readiness, aligning how I live with His teachings.

Now, that is an adventure that perfectly satisfies, wouldn’t you say?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Do you want the adventure?

    1. Thank Tandy. I’m reminded of when Abram left on his adventure: By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8. He went without a physical map…just the map of believing in God and obeying with a faith to strive for!

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  1. You are so brave to go on a camping trip by yourself, Lynn. But what a great analogy of of going on an adventure with God. I want to with you go on “an adventure where the vision is to draw closer to God, on His road with boundaries and directions, patience and readiness, aligning how I live with His teachings.” Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks Trudy. I wonder though if I’d be braver going traveling with a group! Being single, sometimes it isn’t easy to always find a traveling companion especially for those spontaneous trips I like to take. My hope is I’ll be blessed again one day with husband who has the same ‘free spirit’ adventure spirit! In the meantime though, I am happy to be confident to take some trips on my own as that is kind-of where God’ got me at this time, in my adventure with Him. Hugs and blessings to you too!

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  2. Yes, I so agree, Lynn! Your metaphor for what our relationship and journey with Him could look like with that trust and His Word as a roadmap is beautiful and so theologically sound. I have a post written entitled “Journey into the Unknown” that has a similar theme! Blessings on your day!

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    1. Definitely is an adventure into the unknown! I heard the other day, we don’t often receive full clarity on what our purpose is. It just shows bits at a time as we do live, honoring the ways of God. Blessings on your day too!

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  3. Aw! I just love this message, Lynn!! And you are one BRAVE woman to venture out on your own like that! I for one, admire you for such courage in traveling that trip alone. I picture you doing it, and I can only imagine how challenging and exhilarating it must have been. This is such a great parallel to all our walks with Jesus. So much is unexpected and challenging- and our goal and our joy can be trusting He’s got the real map. Let Him be our ultimate guide. 🙂

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    1. So agree Chris. I do tend to grab another map though, thinking I can see it better in my human way! You nailed it that trust is the highway to take, and the ‘ultimate guide.’

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  4. Lynn,
    I found I’d missed this entertaining post of yours (always love a travel post!) and as someone who only travels reluctantly (because I obsessively plan every detail) I love the idea of our lives being one big adventure with God. We do never know exactly where he’s taking us and we have to trust him with the map, the timing and the outcomes — so hard, but so worth it!

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