We are made for adventure, for "great exploits" by our Creator. In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, it says, "The people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits." (Daniel 11:32b) It has become one of the key verses in my life, although I fear I often fail to live up to the expectation, in faith and in adventures. Certainly, among the greatest adventures of my life have been my two trips to northwestern Russia in 1996 and '97 as a missionary (chronicled near the start of this blog), followed closely by my first two trips to the Yankton Sioux Reservation on the Missouri River in South Dakota a dozen years later. I wish I could go on expeditions like that every year, but obligations, jobs, family, reality... life has a way of getting between the dreams we have and the reality we live. Are we too content to live a life driven by obligations and responsibility to see the great exploits, to live the adventure that God has planned for us? Are we too fearful of the negative "what if's" that we cannot see the positive "what if's" that might be if we had the guts, the huevos (Yes, I did say that.) and the faith to take that first step?
This weekend, my wife and I are going to take a little adventure in a nearby National Forest. If all goes well, maybe we'll take a bigger adventure later this year. If all were to go exceedingly well, perhaps we would leave the race to the rats and live the life of adventure we see others living, like Clay and Rachelle Croft, or the German couple in their custom 4x4 RV, who spent a night at my campground on their way back to Germany after traveling from the tip of South America to Alaska's Prudhoe Bay.
Do we have to faith to live the adventure of a lifetime???