From the inception of my Catching Creation blog I’ve had the tagline of “Adventures In All Things Created.” I guess I’ve never really needed to clarify what exactly that meant before now but the more I think about what it means to be on adventure the more I feel this little phrase of mine will need clarity. It has always seemed to me that to be completely alive one must always be in the middle of, or in search of, an adventure. I’ve been thinking about that philosophy for quite some time now. Lately the adventure seems to be one pitted in the very center of my faith. Adventures aren’t always easy and certainly in the moment they can often be uncomfortable, but an adventure is only as good as the bruises and scrapes you get along the way. The hardship and bad weather seem to frame up the best adventures and overcoming some obstacle or adversity makes the stories worth telling. I think when we start looking at our faith journey as an adventure it helps to make those bumps in the road seem all the more worthwhile. When things don’t work out and we’re left scratching our heads and asking God, sometimes even yelling, “which way do I go” or “what have I done wrong?” We fail to realize the importance of the adventure at hand. These are the moments that build faith, or so they tell me. These are the times that we can look back and say that we were truly refined by hardship and we persevered. We survived! We lived to tell the story and wow, what a story it will be someday. James, the half brother of Jesus, assures us that our trials will sharpen and polish us in his first epistle and if you’re feeling lost in the woods on this great adventure just let the words of James comfort you.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Our adventures can lead us to mountain highs and valley lows but beauty is always in the faithful and sometimes fearful walking with God in the dark nights of our souls. In the stories of how God came through or how we learned that our compass may have been upside down and we got off course a bit. Through His grace, God is there, listening to our complaints, laughing at our child like tantrums and all the while loving us through the process. Where is your adventure leading you? Have you gotten off course? Trust Jesus, dust yourself off, and lean into the wind. You’ve got an amazing journey ahead and one heck of a story to tell!