“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it is very difficult to find anyone.”
—J. R. R. Tolkien
People are scared of having adventures.
This is true, even for the people whose hearts want to explore. Something’s holding them back–the what if?questions, fear that we will return changed–if at all.
We forget that change helps us grow. If we never changed, we’d be dead…and if we’re going to change anyway, why not become brave and go looking for that dragon?
Because if we sit and wait for something to not happen, the dragon finds us unprepared. In that situation, we really don’t know how to fight it, and it’s more likely to defeat us. We’ll be killed, not just changed, if we sit and pretend there’s no dragon sniffing us out.
It’s far better to be alert for the One who knows the way to the mountain. He’s the One who defeats all evil–the One who’s saved you before and will do it again.
Books are wonderful, they are vivid, but–the real world is not bound within the pages of your books–it’s out there.
Outside that window.
Down the curvy road.
At the coffee shop.
In church. At work.
At airports–the stories you hear in airplanes–and new soil when you land in a place where the air smells different.
Don’t be afraid to explore!
Haven’t got the money for an airplane ticket? Well, there are other ways to have adventures–other things that will change you. All adventures have one thing in common: They change you. Some changes are, of course, more notable than others. What to do when faced with a long adventure and a short one? You should always seek out the one that’ll change you more. That’ll mean you’ve learned more.
Be alert. Be prepared.
What if Jesus came to your door and asked if you’d take up your cross (adventure) and follow Him? Would you refuse–and if so, why? Because you’re scared to change? Any change He’d lead to would be for your own good. It’ll chisel you into a better person, a hero in someone’s tale! Never be afraid to follow Jesus on an adventure!
Also, it’d do you good to seek out such an adventure yourself. Be eager and ask Him, “Lord, how may I help in the journey You’ve planned?” I read a quote once about how if you desire with all your heart to seek The Lord, you will meet on the road, because He is also looking for you! It’s never too late or too early to have an adventure; when the time comes, it’ll appear in search of you–or you will find the courage to go out looking for it.
You can, and ought to be eager for an adventure. Because in the end, He will sweep you into one. And you will never be the same.
That’s a good thing.