it comes out from within me more and more each day, it seems... this craving for adventure.
even if adventure means traveling to eau claire's neighboring town of the great altoona with family to go to altoona family restaurant because i'd never tried it (: or driving through minneapolis on a summertime night, or seeing the minnehaha waterfalls with a dear friend, or going to perkins late at night with friends for pumpkin pancakes on the weekend of homecoming, or days like today, when i had about forty-five minutes before i would meet with a group for a project and had already done quite a bit of homework, so i sat down to just do some reading and journaling, but then i had the thought that this is prime time to sneak away and do something spontaneously adventurous with this joy-filled God that my heart beats for. this thought made me visibly giddy... a spontaneous get-away adventure with this God who loves me?? i almost started skipping and jumping! why don't i do this more??
and this little half-hour adventure of singing my silly heart songs to God in the snow-filled woods in the middle of the day did more for my heart than i can tell you!
and i have learned that i am not alone in this. i think this is a human condition. i think this is a God condition, too. i think He is a very adventurous God. i think that's why He made the world so big and beautiful, with so many people... for us to discover & explore & find each other, and relish in creation and ultimately find Him through & within our exploration.
sometimes, you just need to take a big gulp of air to remind yourself that you are ALIVE, that God is good and life is beautiful.
so may i challenge YOU, this week, and for the rest of your lives, to GO... seek and explore and venture out into this big world that God has designed to bring you closer to Himself. <i honestly believe it revives the human heart more than anything else> and it brings you closer to other people, too... i learned this summer that taking risks and being in nature builds relationship and trust more than almost anything.
and here, my friends, are some of my favorite adventure pics to get inspired and GO!
"i've closed my eyes, i'm taking His hand and i hear Him say... 'oh darling, let's be adventurers'"
-my dear friend, coral, an adventurous soul.