The plane plunged suddenly causing my heart to race. The descent into Kabul Afghanistan was unlike any that I had ever experienced. Sudden, steep, somewhat violent. Kabul is a city surrounded by mountains, so pilots need to clear the steep peaks and then have a limited amount of time to land. As our airplane completed its dramatic descent, I looked out the window at the dry rugged landscape and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for the adventure that awaited me.
The year behind me had held the death of my mom. The months in front of me held – well – I didn’t know what. I would be living in a place I had never been before. Doing a job I had never done before. Listening to a language I had never heard before. Accomplishing all this in a country that was unstable and torn by war. This adventure was dangerous, it was unknown. I adjusted the head scarf I was wearing and stood to gather my belongings. Whether I was ready or not, this was happening.
Adventures. I’m often overwhelmed and not prepared for them, yet God continues to present opportunities and I’m always glad when I say yes.
Uncomfortable, out-of-place, unfamiliar. These aren’t things that I seek out. Yet, when I accept an adventure and step out with God, I often find myself feeling these things. I’m learning that is okay. What is more important is the “yes” .” Yes, I will go where You call me. Yes, I will trust You more than I trust myself. I will step forward into the unknown. Not because I’m awesome, or because I know stuff, but simply because You call me.”
You see, God cares more about reaching the world around me than He does my comfort. It’s not that He doesn’t care about how I feel. He just knows that it’s so worth it! He knows that my feelings are temporary and will give way to faith as I see Him move. The beauty of walking out wild adventures, the joy of coming to know Him in new ways, these things will far surpass my discomfort.
My daughter is 18 months old. She loves her mama and prefers to be close to me. She is sweet and squishy and so snuggly. I love to have her close to me. As she gets older I keep presenting opportunities to explore the world around her. I know that it wouldn’t be healthy or right if she stayed in her comfort zone forever. I want her to do life outside of my arms. I want her to interact with different people, experience their love and learn to love as well. I want her to do all that she is created to do.
God is a much better parent than I. Yet in the same way He models calling us out on adventures. Out of our comfort zones. All kinds of things keep us from saying yes. Fear, comfort, lack of money, lack of control. The unknown. Yet, we can choose to say yes!
Soon, I will be embarking on a new adventure. We are moving our family of six back to our home state of Washington. There is much I don’t know. I’m uncomfortable. Things will be unfamiliar and for a while, we will feel out-of-place.
I’m in, though. I want so much to see Him move. I want to experience what He has called us to do, and to love the people who He is calling us to love. I’m in, not because I know what it will be like, or how it all will go. But, because I believe the nature of my God is good. So good. I know that as I walk forward, the discomfort will fall away, giving place to the joy of a God-made destiny.
We were all made to adventure with Him! What adventure is He calling you to?
Choosing The Adventure,