On Saturday, I went on a hike at Yellow Branch Falls with my two young boys and some families from our Community Group. It was a beautiful day. As we hiked, it was a blessing to see community at work in a tangible way. I was carrying my 6 month old in my Ergo Baby carrier, which limited what I could do for my 3 year old. Since my husband had to work, the other members in the group came along side my son to help him-adventuring at the falls with him, carrying him on the way back, and holding his hand. I am beyond thankful for this group of people I get the pleasure of doing life with during this season.
When we got to the waterfall, I watched my son climbing on the rocks at the bottom, going further and further out all on his own. I suddenly saw the adventurous spirit of God in my little boy. Sometimes I find my son’s need to explore frustrating, something slowing us down. But in that moment, it became something sacred, holy.
In Genesis 12, we see God calling Abram away to go on an adventure with Him.
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…
Personally, I am amazed at Abram’s willingness to bounce off into the unknown, leaving the life he knew behind. God put the spirit of adventure in man and woman, but sometimes we allow fear, worry, and perception squelch it.
My son, on the other hand, is almost always up for an adventure, be that roaming outside, or trying something new. This is part of God! We can see it when God asks us to do go on a new adventure with Him-a new job, a new place to live, a new friendship. What my son looks like as he explores on the rocks must be akin to what God looks like in heaven. Excited to be leading us, pushing us further out to try something new, to do something different…to follow him into the wild beautiful unknown.
What adventure has God been calling you to? What has been stopping you from running along behind Him?