Lets go on an Adventure ….
I love to think about different adventures I have been on, climbing etc.
I think adventure can be more than a day hike or trip. I think we need to see adventure as a lifestyle to dive deeper in.
I believe that as Christians we are on a spiritual journey, the gospels say it’s a straight and narrow path. Anyone who has gone on a hiking adventure knows the path is for sure narrow. There are going to be bumps and bruises on the way, but the end result is something beautiful! The Christian journey is the same way, we hit highs and lows in which we need to learn to overcome.
I went on a trip to the New River Gorge in WV and I remember the 3-mile hike we took was not always easy, but I was captivated by the view when we hit it. It was amazing, it made the struggle along the way so worth it. I think our spiritual journey is the same, full of struggle leading to the ultimate beauty.
Lets take apart the journey since we are all on it right now. The journey grows us makes us stronger and appreciate the end more.
Lets take apart a hike and the essentials of what makes it worth it.
Number one: a good hiker would tell you never to hike alone in case of emergency. I think the same is true in our journey. The Lord created us to be relational beings. We are designed to go through our spiritual journey with others. We need to rely on others when things get tough to lean on and gain support. We can also be those along the journey encouraging others to push forward. God created us to be spiritual beings, which rely on each other to grow. Sometimes growth means pushing through pain and suffering; but it also is sweet. We need to remember that our journeys are not meant to be static, but full of dynamic ADVENTURES.
Number 2: We need to follow those with experience! It is so important we have a mentor or spiritual mother as we progress along our journey. We need make sure we align our selves with those who have journeyed ahead of us.
I think back to my trip to the New River Gorge, I had so many friends and leader who showed us the way. The hiking was hard and I knew I had support along the way. The journey we took made the end result completely worth the struggle and learning along the way.
So lets go on a adventure!