My first few months in Germany were exhausting. Each night I would settle in bed early, allowing myself plenty of time to get in a good night’s sleep. Ninety minutes later, however, I would still be awake, having lain in bed thinking up a wide range of social scenarios and rehearsing German dialogue, should I ever find myself in such a situation. This delay in falling asleep was a familiar nuisance that had been repeating itself since I had first taken the decision to move.
Immersion in a new language is considered to be one of the best ways to learn. But immersion, by definition, can also feel like drowning. It was very difficult to come up for air when everything around me was in German: from daily five-hour-long language classes, quick-paced group conversations, and in-depth Bible studies, to official letters from the authorities, public announcements, text messages from new friends, and everything else in between. Every routine simplicity took a great deal more time and effort. And it was exhausting. Mentally exhausting.
It was hard to move to a new country, to adopt a new culture and to familiarise myself with new government rules and legislation.
It was hard to learn a new language. It was hard to be immersed in a foreign language and feel like every day was a school day with an unrelenting demand to exercise the new tongue.
It was hard to build a new friendship group from scratch. It was hard to be so far away from friends and family in whom I had invested for a lifetime.
It was hard not having a steady income to rely upon, or, indeed, the basic language skills to acquire one.
The mental strain often felt relentless: headaches, tiredness, a weakened ability to focus and to process were just some of the symptoms I battled regularly.
All those things were hard. But it is even harder for me to contemplate a life outside of God’s very best for me. I could have chosen to remain in the comfy, cosy life that I had carved out for myself in Scotland. I had a good job, owned my own apartment, scooted about in my own car, and had many friends and family members scattered across the city, just minutes from me. I could have chosen to remain in my comfort zone. But would I have been comfortable knowing that I had been disobedient to God?
No. I would not have been.
I seek not only to survive, but to thrive. I want a full and abundant life (John 10:10) and to enter fully into the adventure that God has prepared for me. I want to walk in complete obedience to Him. I want my faith to be tested, for without a test there can be no testimony. And I want the testimonies of what God does in my life to encourage others in their walk with God; to inspire them to pray bigger prayers, dream bigger dreams, and to take greater risks in faith.
I want to look back on my life and say that I embraced it entirely; that I was not held back by fear (2 Timothy 1:7) but trusted in God wholeheartedly to do just as He said He would (Romans 4:21).
So I have to choose my hard. I have a choice to choose whether the challenges I face in the will of God are worth it, or whether I would rather opt for less than God’s best for me, forever feeling just a little under-fulfilled, a little under-satisfied, with many of my dreams unrealised.
I may choose the greater hard, but the greater hard comes with God’s help, His grace, and His guidance. Better yet, the greater hard promises adventure and purpose and miracles!
Let me ask you: how fit is your imagination? Is it limber and toned, or has it grown stiff and stifled from too much common sense?
I have had to learn to exercise my imagination, somewhat, to allow room for my dreams to take root. Being a natural problem solver, my mind would automatically source a path from problem (or idea, or dream) to solution (or reality, or practice) without me even having to ask. But if a path was not easily found, the dream was immediately rejected. I later identified this as a fault in the system.
Through faith experiences and over time, I learnt to override this malfunction in my mind. I learnt to identify where the idea had stemmed from before deciding what to do with it. You see, any dream planted by God was not to be rejected so hastily, no matter how impossible it seemed. A dream planted there by ourselves, on the other hand, was to be pushed aside for it was too puny, too insignificant, too small compared to the dreams that God wanted to manifest.
Any dream we seek to fulfil ourselves is not even worth embarking upon, for it is achievable alone. But God-inspired dreams – those that appear utterly impossible – are the only dreams worth chasing. Michelangelo said, “The danger is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” When dreams are realised, our passion, our drive, our ambition relaxes and life returns to a mediocre chore. But chasing after God’s best will always have us reaching out for more. There is no limit, no ceiling, no end to what He wants to do in us and through us.
Before I applied for the Metro World Child internship, another incredible opportunity presented itself to me: to teach in an international school in Uganda. The school had contacted me directly and invited me to work with them for the next two years, all I had to do was say yes. But I couldn’t.
I had already been asking God which step to take next so receipt of this email had definitely piqued my interest. Uganda had weaved my thoughts, somewhat, in previous years, and teaching was a skill I carried. But that was not enough. Call me crazy, but it almost seemed a little too easy; they would pay me a monthly salary, reimburse the costs of my flights, provide me with housing, and even provide some of my meals. The bottom line? It was well within my comfort zone.
I do not seek to belittle the ministry that that school was (and probably still is) doing in that part of the world, for it seemed a great school doing a fantastic work. But it was not right for me. It involved very little dreaming (for me), very little dependence on God (for me), and I could already map out a wide path from A to B. I did not seek comfort and ease, where provision was readily available, I sought adventure, crazy dreams, and impossibility. I wanted to be tested and tried and to see God do a work in my own heart as I leaned fully on Him. It wasn’t worth pursuing unless it scared me in the natural; unless that nervous, warm excitement and anticipation bubbled up inside, knowing only God could see me through.
When our decisions or movements take people by surprise, it is either craziness or God. When we act quickly and seemingly without preparation, it is either craziness or God. When our lives follow a curve ball and head in an entirely unexpected direction, it is either craziness or God. But when we are rooted in the Word of God and following the convictions of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, our lives will inevitably raise eyebrows. But who are we called to please, men or God? I love how Bob Goff, best-selling author of ‘Love Does’, puts it: “The more inexplicable our lives are, the less ambiguity there will be about who’s in charge.”
Don’t let those dreams in your heart die because you do not know how to bring them into reality, instead trust the One who does. If He planted that dream in your heart, you can be sure He will see it through if you allow Him to. Fight the doubt, fight the fear, fight the sound of sense that threatens to steal it away, and stand firm on the promises of God. Do not settle for a life less than the one you are capable of living.
When God plants a dream in your heart, His purposes are not only for the work He will do through you, but He also purposes to do a work in you. Andrew Bonar said, “The best part of all Christian work is that part which only God sees.” Remember, God’s ultimate aim is to prepare us for heaven by completing His transformation work in us into true reflections of Christ. So every bump in the road, every hurdle, every patch of turbulence is designed that way in order to change our hearts.
The journey that God takes us on to fulfil His dreams for us rarely looks normal to anyone else, yet when we step out in faith He never fails to meet us there. He honours our obedience and invites us to participate in adventure with Him.
The dreams in our hearts, or the open doors of opportunity, or the call to a specific role, will not be possible without Him. Our participation in that dream, that opportunity, that role will fail unless we partner with God. It’s not something He wants us to do, instead He’s saying, “Hey, I’m gonna do this incredible, miraculous thing. Wanna come along for the ride?”
He asks us to partner with Him, to work alongside Him, to depend on Him and to trust Him. You can’t reach your destiny alone, the only available path to get there is in the arms of God.
Don’t let fear, or doubt, or uncertainty, or the lack of a plan stop you from slipping into the passenger seat. As long as God remains in the driver’s seat, life will never be boring. It will be unexpected, thrilling, breath-taking, and awe-inspiring. You may feel uncertain, apprehensive, or doubtful, but keep God at the wheel and He won’t steer you wrong.
God is not limited by our own imagination, either. He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20), so dream as big as you can then watch Him exceed it. Until the vision you have received from God is realised, you will never be satisfied with anything less.
But to chase these dreams and fully embrace our adventure requires us to be brave. We will never be able to completely banish fear from our hearts before we decide to step forward into the destiny God has prepared us for. There will be times we just have to do it afraid. Remember, the Bible calls us to be strong and courageous! Joyce Meyer describes courage as fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.
Complacency breeds in our comfort zone, but God does not call us to a life of safety, free from pain or challenge. Indeed, the only way to develop courage and faith is to step forward despite the fear we carry. If we did not feel the fear, we would neglect to lean on God. He calls us forward anyway. He asks us to do it afraid.
There will be times when we slip or stumble, but God’s grace is always present to steady us and set us back on track. We should not depend on a Plan B, we will not need one, we need only depend on our Deliverer, our Guide, our Provider, our Rock. Take one decision at a time, one opportunity at a time, one day at a time, and seek God in it all.
And when God speaks, it will be time to move forward; to take action; to take everything you have learned and prepared for and put it into practice. Every experience, every answered prayer, every miraculous circumstance that God has used to pave your journey so far, is all in preparation for where He is taking you now.
Do not misunderstand me, you can begin living your adventure today without any circumstances in your life changing. You do not need to quit your job, or find a spouse, or start a ministry to enter into the adventure God has for you. It may be that those are things He will ask you to do in time, but He also may not.
Instead, what He does require is a surrendered heart. A heart that is open to promptings from the Holy Spirit to begin that conversation, to offer that lift home, to visit that elderly neighbour.
Perhaps the situation you currently find yourself in is the perfect launchpad for all that He calls you to. It is no coincidence that you are in that job, friends with those people, raising that family, living in that neighbourhood. But rather than accepting the normality of these circumstances, seek to understand the heavenly possibilities! This is where your adventure begins. Just imagine what God could do for these people through the vehicle of your obedient heart!
Our purpose in God’s great plan is not dependent on our ability, our talents, our life experience, our qualifications or anything that the world values. Our purpose is entirely dependent on the words that our Creator speaks over us. But it is up to us how we choose to respond to them.
The enemy will try to dissuade you and discourage you by reminding you of all your weaknesses and failings, but don’t let him have the last word. His declarations are those of panic and fear because he recognises that his hold on humanity weakens with every step of obedience you take toward your purpose in God’s Kingdom.
Obeying God in every step – whether a small edge forward or a giant leap, whether a very natural progression or a seemingly crazy curve ball – you can bet that His plans, His purposes, His ways are far, far beyond anything you could possibly dream up for yourself. There will be easy steps, challenging steps, painful steps, unexpected steps, costly steps, exciting steps. There will be steps that seem boring, or nonsensical, or those that you have to wait a long time for. But with every one, you will add a badge to your rucksack on this incredible adventure with Jesus.
No matter your age, stage of life, experiences, cultural background, race, economical standing or marital status, God will meet your needs to accommodate your calling. He will not ask you to follow Him and fail to equip you with everything that you will need along the way. It may not always look like the provision you expect, but He knows what you require to get the job done.
Early in my adventure I expended too much energy looking to my own abilities first, and calling on God as a last resort. That method, however, was exhausting and stressful, and not what God has in mind for us. Today, my first response is to expect a miracle, and to ask Him what action He wishes me to take in collaboration with how He will act. By relinquishing the burden of carrying concerns and seeking solutions, His hand has become far more evident in my every day reality, and the peace and assuredness that I have received is liberating. I do not always get the miracle I ask for, but I am confident that I receive the best solution from God, regardless of what I expect it to look like. Peace, I have learned, is only available when you lay every aspect of your life into His hands and trust Him to act as He pleases.
This devotional excerpt taken from Oswald Chambers’ works, Your Utmost for His Highest, paints a grander picture of what our lives could be:
“If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the calm waters just inside the harbour, full of joy, but always tied to the dock. You have to get out past the harbour into the great depths of God…”
At some point we need to cut the ropes that have us tied to the dock, and set sail for open ocean. No-one but God can give you the coordinates of your next anchorage because no-one but you is going there. We can learn from the testimonies of others, and from the great Biblical heroes of faith, yet none but God can direct you on your unique adventure to all that He has purposed you for.
When we live our lives filled with purpose and confident of God’s hand in every detail, we no longer get distracted seeking the approval of others. We will fully embrace today and all the potential that it carries, using eyes of faith to anticipate and take hold of the opportunities for miracles. We will permit God to interrupt our day to draw our attention to His work, even when it interferes with our own plans.
I was struck by something Mother Teresa once said, “I have never had clarity; what I’ve always had is trust. What do you find yourself expressing more consistently to God – your need for clarity or your expression of trust?” When I pray, do I ask God for clarity, or do I simply proclaim my trust in Him? Faith is built on trust, not clarity. My prayers have changed since I read this statement not so long ago. Instead of pleading with God to answer my incessant questions, I choose to declare my confidence in Him and remind myself of who He is and how He loves me. My desire is to trust God wholeheartedly, and I will welcome the clarity He deems necessary to provide, when He chooses to provide it.
So we walk forward often in the absence of clarity, but trusting that God will show us where He wants us to go next, and to provide everything we will need to get there. One step at a time, we embrace the adventure that He takes us on. We live so fully in each moment that joy and peace reigns, no matter what the circumstances are around us. There is little thought wasted on what is still to come, for it will come in time, but for now we drink in every emotion, every sense of what God is doing at this moment. For this moment will pass, never to be repeated, so do not miss the chance to celebrate it, learn from it, and to experience God in its entirety.
Sometimes, when living in anticipation of God’s great adventure, we find ourselves with just too much on our minds; too many decisions to make, too many possible outcomes to consider, too many ways through which God may lead. It becomes not a choice between right or wrong, but between good and best. However, in order to make sense of such spiritual confusion, we cannot navigate through the fog by careful consideration. Instead, obedience will light up your path. Be obedient in what you currently know to do, and, at the right time, God will call you forward, just one step at a time. You may not be able to see far past your nose, but as long as you are obedient to what He asks you to do in this moment, He will reveal the next step (or decision, or opportunity) when it is time for you to know the answer. God is not in as big of a hurry as we are, but rest assured that He wants us to get to where He is taking us more than we wish to get there ourselves.
There will be times in life when things don’t go the way you hope or expect them to. Times when pain, or disappointment, or delay threaten to steal your joy and knock you off track. No individual called by God to do something great will escape great trial and pain, but do not allow that to deter you, for God is faithful. You will never invest more in Him than He will in you. The more we rest in God’s purposes, the better equipped we are to deal with the losses. Sometimes it is necessary to grieve the loss of what you hoped would be, but do not let that hold you back from the greater thing that God is preparing for you. Pick yourself back up, fix your eyes on Him, and embrace all that He leads you to.
You will find that not all opportunities are good, and not all good opportunities are right. Be careful not to become so busy and distracted by good opportunities, that you miss the right opportunity. Just because you can do something does not always mean that you should do it.
On the other hand, be wary also of allowing fear and past experiences to hold you back. The right opportunity may feel far out of reach; one that you are not qualified for or feel brave enough to embrace, but resist the fear and doubt when God paves the way forward. He knows the potential within you – He placed it there Himself – so depend on Him, not your own abilities, and step forward in faith. God’s power in you will transform that potential into reality.
This adventure that we embark on is a delicate partnership between our responsibility and God’s sovereignty. We should exercise wisdom in all aspects of life, yet God takes our choices, both good and bad, and uses them for His glory. No matter the mistakes we make, the opportunities we miss, the steps we fail to obey, God can work our mess into a masterpiece if we only allow Him to.
When God has a purpose to fulfil, nothing can thwart His plans. “When God’s in it… it flows. When the flesh is in it… it’s forced. If He is in it, it’s remarkable how approval will be granted, how a growing interest will percolate, and how the timing will fall right into place. It will come together almost in spite of you.” (Charles R. Swindoll)
“…in spite of you…” – does that not bring with it a huge sigh of relief? God will work, in spite of our failings, in spite of our disobedience, in spite of our fear and doubt. God knows very well that we are not perfect and He does not expect us to be, so we should not place that unrealistic expectation on ourselves either. He offers us grace, and it is necessary for us to show ourselves grace as well.
For the grand adventure that He is preparing us for is not just for this life, but for the life to follow. He prepares us for eternity; for never-ending communion with Him in Heaven. He is using every twist and turn in our journey on earth to refine us, shape us, and buff us, fashioning us into a reflection of His Son. When we truly grasp this bigger picture, our pain and challenges and anxiety begin to dissolve into joy.
Simon Peter, Jesus’ disciple, one who had once denied Jesus for fear of what others would think, later stood and called on the other disciples to follow him in telling others of Jesus. The difference? He now carried the power and the boldness of the Holy Spirit. He finally understood all that Jesus had prepared him for and stepped into the purpose that God had called him to.
A short while later, he wrote to the early Christians, “I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” (1 Peter 1:6-7 (MSG))
In Created for Adventure I shared that Hebrews 11 has always fanned the flame of passion and ambition in my heart; the names of men and women who did great things for the Kingdom of God. But there was nothing special about these individuals in and of themselves. They were sinners, just like you and me. They made mistakes, just like you and I do. They did not feel qualified, nor ready, but they acted in faith nonetheless. They did not consider themselves to be heroes, yet the miracles that were birthed from their obedience won them a place in the Hebrews Hall of Fame. They received a standing ovation in Heaven because they humbly trusted God and allowed Him to use them in whichever way He chose.
They offered to God what was costly to them but what was acceptable to Him.
They lived in a way that pleased God and were rewarded, often uniquely, by Him.
They acted obediently to God in response to sometimes crazy requests but God healed them, protected them, and saved them because of their faith.
They left what was familiar and comfortable to embark on a journey to an unknown destination, yet inherited all that had been promised to them.
They received in faith what was humanly impossible, and saw the manifestations of those promises.
They faced tests and trials and proved their faith genuine, choosing to trust God above all else, even when their circumstances were dire.
They left spiritual legacies for their children and the generations that would follow them.
They held tightly to their convictions and roots, even when faced with opposition or threatened with death.
They recognised God as the King over all kings, the Leader over all leaders, and looked to Him over earthly authorities.
They experienced miraculous provision from God that was unavailable to those who did not share their same faith.
They defeated armies, escaped death, demanded justice. They endured beatings, were imprisoned and some even submitted to death, for the sake of the extension of God’s Kingdom.
They also recognised that their time on earth was a mere drop in the ocean compared to the time they would spend with their Father and God in Heaven. They did not place much value on their possessions on earth, for they longed for a greater day when they would receive their eternal inheritance.
These heroes did not know where God was leading them, but they followed in faith anyways. They listened for their Maker’s voice and responded in obedience; His instruction, His way, His timing.
On this adventure, God wants to not only reveal to us His will and purpose for our lives, but He seeks to lead us by His ways. He longs for us to take each step with Him. He desires an intimate relationship and daily conversation with us. He hopes that we will humble ourselves and ask for His input so that He can reveal His glory in incredible ways. He does not only reveal Himself by His Word, but He delights in showing Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ, and through His earthly sons and daughters so that we can experientially know and understand how loving, generous, kind, invested, caring and capable He is.
Are you willing to be a hero of the faith? Will your obedience earn you a frosted crown and a standing ovation in Heaven one day? Are you ready to live out your convictions and see the miraculous work of God in your life? You may not feel like a hero today, but your testimony, your obedience, your adventure may inspire the generations that follow you. Heroes are not perfect, they are honest, and humble, and vulnerable. Do not only use your strengths to teach others, but share how you deal with your weaknesses and failings too.
Are you willing to be an unsung hero – unrecognised and without appreciation – in order to be a catalyst for the future development of the Church? Are you secure enough in your leadership of the next generation – and in your faith in God – to allow them to identify and develop their gifts, even if it threatens your personal ministry or role?
Are you secure enough in God’s ways and wisdom to allow the next generation to be more, see more, believe more and receive more of God’s Spirit than you yourself have experienced? Do you create opportunities and cultivate faith in such a way that catapults young people into an even greater Church than that of today?
Once we firmly position ourselves in our adventure, it is vital that we bring others with us. There is so much still to do, we cannot possibly do it ourselves! Call forward the younger generations, the spiritually young, the disillusioned, the discouraged, the prodigals, and allow them an insight into your relationship with the Lord. Allow them to use your faith as a set of stabilising wheels for a while, until they become steadier in their own faith. Share your own story, for our personal journey of faith is an undeniable truth, no matter what others believe of Jesus. When we allow others to share in our journey with Jesus, we will discover that winning souls for the Kingdom and making disciples is far easier than we ever anticipated.
Invite people into your prayer life – that is a sure way to expose them to the roots of your relationship with Jesus! By inviting others to partner with you in prayer, you include them in the journey of faith you have entered into. Do not wait until your prayers are answered before sharing your testimonies, allow others to enter into the struggle with you. As we come together in prayer, we also embark upon a journey of faith together, inspiring each one of us to believe for the miraculous.
Others are watching how we face challenge and uncertainty, and we must choose to face them with faith, not fear; we decide to stand strong on God’s Word and not to be swayed by the doubt of others. God is greater than seemingly impossible circumstances and He is faithful to provide. This is the truth we stand on every time fear raises it’s ugly head.
Living in the freedom that Jesus bought for each one of us on the cross should be our greatest desire, for with it comes everything else. Our freedom was bought at such an incredible price that it would be a disgrace not to live in its fullness.
This freedom is found in being obedient to Him, no matter the disapproving or grimacing looks received from others. I don’t know about you, but I would rather look foolish to men than be disobedient to God. Living in the knowledge that you have been appointed and set apart for a unique purpose, receiving the approval of God, is so liberating!
I found freedom in discovering who God has made me to be. He revealed to me His will and purpose for my life and spoke words of love, acceptance and affirmation over me. Gradually, my introspective view was no longer about short-term, tangible ‘jobs’ or ‘roles’ that I was linked to, but about who I am and what I have to offer to the world and His Kingdom, regardless of context.
There is freedom found, also, in the knowledge that nothing and no-one can frustrate the plans of God. When we are secure in that fact, depending on Him to walk with us to the end, no circumstance or challenge can rob us of our peace.
We are free when we resist tying ourselves to our own wants or desires. Believing that God has the greatest, most out-of-this-world plan for our lives casts a shadow over all of our meagre dreams, and releases us to live the best life, even when things don’t always go the way we want or expect them to.
We can be free, too, from our fears and worries. When we truly accept that His ways trump all others, we can have faith that He will come through for us, faith that He has heard our prayers and will answer them, faith that He will not shame us but bless us and reward our faith. We are free to live a life of faith because He loves us so dearly and He who promised is faithful.
We can find freedom in our finances, not to be cavalier in our spending, but to sow into the Kingdom and to be generous to others, without concern for our own needs. One Sunday, not long after I moved to Germany, I was so overcome with joy during the morning worship in church that I desired to empty my purse into the offering bucket and give God everything I had. The thing was, that particular week I had received a three-figure reimbursement sum from my language school so my purse was significantly fuller than usual. Yet I did not hesitate, I did not need to, I gave in worship to my Father who deserves everything. He is my source and provider, not the cash in my wallet.
I have always given to my local church and, at times, to different mission organisations or charities, but I think this instance was the first time I had given money out of pure love for God. It was not out of obligation, or considering a cause worthy enough to receive it, or with thought of how the money might be spent. I did not give a moments thought to how I might miss the money that I had been so delighted and surprised to receive just a few days previous. It wasn’t a practical decision, it wasn’t about the money, it was about giving everything to the One who has given me everything. In that moment, I knew I was truly free and surrendered to God with a sincere love and adoration for Him.
There is a common misconception that obedience to something or someone means surrendering your right to freedom and joy. That may be true of some things, but not of God. Obedience to God is the surest way to freedom and joy. Nothing, I repeat, nothing, is more fun than faith!
When we throw ourselves into all that God calls us to, we experience the joy of unimaginable possibilities, of timely and abundant blessing, of self-growth and breakthrough. The risks we take fan the flame of our faith. The challenges we face reveal to us, and God, what is truly inside of us. The attitude we hold reflects in what and in whom we believe.
Our relationship with God is one to be enjoyed and savoured. In Him we find love, pursuit, comfort, surprise, encouragement, fun. We are free to bask in His beauty and share every precious moment with Him. When we keep God as our number one priority, and love Him – not just for what He can do for us, but for who He is – our fear, our challenges, our doubt, our questions all pale in comparison. Chase after Him! Find Him, and in Him, everything else.
About a year before I left everything behind and moved to Germany, I prayed the prayer below. I had no idea what God would do, or where He would take me, or what He would ask of me, but I was no longer content living a life within my comfort zone. I had dreams in my heart that had lain dormant for many years, and I could ignore them no longer. I knew I could never expect to do anything worthwhile for God in my own strength, so I surrendered everything to Him again:
“God, help me to live a greater life of adventure; of faith; of radical trust in You. Not focusing on or hindered by control, preparation, finance, etc. Help me to fall in love with You again; to desire to spend time with You; to know and understand Your ways; to experience adventure, surprise, intrigue with You. Help me not to get caught up or ‘filter’ what You say through my own needs and desires, but to simply love You and pursue You. God, this is a big prayer! I can’t do any of it without You. Help me, stand by me, lead me, guide me, provide for me, give me peace, encourage me, refine me, draw me close to Yourself once again.”
Do you know that God is excited to reveal Himself to us? He wants to shower us with His love and surprises! He has gifts all wrapped up with our name on the gift tag. He longs to see the gleeful look on our faces when He finally reveals His out-of-this-world plans for our lives. Are you ready to receive them?
So we can step forward in peace, for the journey on which we go is under the eye of the Lord. As long as we remain by His side, He will uphold us with His mighty hand. Nothing can knock us off course, but ourselves. So we must be diligent in seeking Him and our lives will be an adventure; a joy-filled, surprising, abundantly blessed adventure that far outreaches our own limitations.
For we will all, one day, meet the Lord and give an account for how we wiled away the hours that were given to us. May we, too, live under the declarations of Matthew 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” I long to hear those words said of me, so I surrender myself again today to God and ask Him to lead me round the next bend.
Needless to say, I have chosen my hard. I inevitably face challenges and discouragements and take risks almost daily, but I am having the time of my life – I wouldn’t change a thing! Everyday is an adventure, and an opportunity for me to depend on God’s grace once again. Every week brings new challenges and surprises, revealing more of God’s character and His love for mankind. I love it! This is the adventure I want to live, and I believe it has only just begun!
When we completely abandon our lives to God, He can and will do far more with it than we ever could. Our surrender removes the boundaries and limitations of our own abilities and allows God to write the plot to our adventure. Watch Him create in you the person you never thought you could be. Watch Him carry you to places you never thought you would go. Watch Him outwork through you miracles you never imagined were possible. Take hold of that John 10:10 life that He offers freely to you, and embrace the adventure you were created for.
This blogpost is part 11 of a blog series, Adventure Awaits.
Part 1: Created for Adventure
Part 2: Beginning the Adventure
Part 3: Designed for Adventure
Part 4: Essential Tools for the Journey
Part 5: Facing Opposition
Part 6: Embracing Challenge & Change
Part 7: The Waiting Game
Part 8: Anticipating Adventure
Part 9: Packing Light
Part 10: When Adventure Becomes a Habit
Part 11: The Greatest Adventure