by Scott Nelson
The Adventure of Following Jesus
Do you like a good adventure? I have just gotten back from a long road trip. My family and I drove about 3000 miles, visited Yellowstone, saw my wife’s family in Nebraska, and connected with my family at Lake Tahoe. I had posted several pictures along the way, which led to inevitable questions upon return: How was it? Did you see buffalo? Did you have fun?
There are two other unique questions I get. The first is: Why would you even do this? The simple answer is that there was a family reunion, and we couldn’t afford to fly. But there is more to it: my family and I love adventure. Even though the driving takes a toll (and it does!), there were incredible memories—even in the car—as we drove, talked, watched movies, and saw our beautiful country. New worlds of wonder opened as we took in the wonder of Yellowstone, the pace of life in Nebraska, the stunning wonder of the Great Salt Lake, the sunsets over Lake Tahoe, and the mountains of Wyoming (especially the Tetons).
I am not saying everyone needs to travel like this (I usually don’t). And I can admit that my adventures are a little out there. Heck, I love to backpack, hiking 30-40 miles into the wilderness. People ask me if that is fun? The answer is…no. It isn’t fun; it is rewarding and fulfilling (for me). Every person needs a different adventure, but I think we all need a bit of adventure in our lives. I don’t believe Jesus wants us to stagnate. He called Peter to the adventure of following Him; Peter had to leave his hometown, get out of a boat, walk through the ordeal of the cross, witness the resurrection, and preach to the ends of the earth. We are not all called to those extremes, but I think God has an adventure for all of us. The journey closer to God is an adventure, climbing the heights of understanding our Creator, ourselves, and our life purpose. Most days, my adventures are in my own backyard. I love to walk along the river. I love to think, reflect, and study God’s word. I love to have a meaningful conversation with someone, or plan an event that will impact people’s lives. I get to be in a church that wants to move forward and refuses to play it safe. This is an adventure!
The second question I get from people is: How could I do this? This is the fun question. People usually aren’t asking for directions to Yellowstone; they are asking for a little nudge into the world and wonder of adventure. It doesn’t have to be extreme or expensive, and it may take a bit of planning, but I think it is worth it. What is your next adventure?