The exact point to embark on the telling of a Jesus led adventure is never exact. I’ll begin by sharing a post I wrote on (in)courage in June of 2014. At this moment in time, we were wondering if this desire only God could have planted would ever come true. We had searched for property, clear vision & answers to our questions about the idea of having a small farm for over three years. We had kept the idea close to hearts and shared very little. We were weary and beginning to wonder if we had heard God correctly.
We are on a journey. A Jesus led adventure.
It’s not easy. Jesus led adventures never are.
But exhilarating? Yes.
God wants us to join Him in His work and that’s always a good thing.
My husband and I have talked for years about this God-sized dream He’s planted in our hearts. Wondering if it will ever bear fruit. We both sense the time is approaching for the dream to become a reality. It’s a Holy Spirit prompting to listen and prepare. To not be stuck in In Between forever will be a welcomed refreshing drink. The cup we’ve been carrying empty, knowing what should fill it, is the burden of a vision carrier.
I can feel God wooing us: “Let’s live out this God-sized dream I have planted in your hearts.”
Where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there. God is our guide. He has been preparing us for an adventure only He could dream up.
I should be thrilled. Relieved. Ecstatic. But . . .
I’m surprised by my reactions. I’m usually excited about change. Especially one I’ve hoped for and talked about so long. I hold on to the manna He’s provided for us over these last seven years. I have stored up my manna, making it harder to open my hands for the next miracle God wants to give us.
But the answered prayers of yesterday should not stop me from living the promised miracles of tomorrow. They should propel me with faith, not hold me back.
A Jesus led adventure is where God-sized dreams are stepped into, realized, nurtured and lived in daily. These are the moments of life that are wide-eyed, where the details are not all in place but the vision is clear. The how doesn’t make sense, yet the present is peaceful.
To experience what God has promised is the hope. Hope seems like a beautiful word. A simple truth. But this is a four-letter word holding the work of our faith.
“Did God really say. . . ?” The voice from the other side creeps into the conversation. It’s not just a question for commandments. The same applies to the desires of our heart that God has given us. Did God really say you should do this? Did God really say to dream that dream?
Crazy is close behind.
“That all sounds a little farfetched and crazy. Why not just live ‘normal? What you have right now is a good thing. Just enjoy what you’ve been given. Be grateful.”
Doesn’t that sound good to you?
But we serve Jesus and He is not safe. He is holy, full of Holy Fire and Truth and Love. He is not normal according to the world. His ways are not our ways. He is not comfortable but brings comfort and peace as we follow Him and lean not on our own understanding. He is good, has a good plan for us but gives us great faith to step into His Hope. He asks us to be thankful in all things and trust Him.
“Did God really say?” seems to be directly connected to the Promised Land.
The original couple living in the garden asked this very question. They didn’t have to wait for their promise or seek the land God had for them. But they had to live in it with Him. They asked the question, “Did God really say?” and believed the lies that followed. Sin, pain, sacrifice and eternal consequences ensued.
The Israelites are about to enter Canaan . . . I’m sure the camp is full of fireside stories about the past and concerns about Jericho’s high walls. They have been told this is their Promised Land. God will go before them. They’ve seen the Jordan fold up like a blanket as they cross on dry land. But questions still are asked, “Did God really say He would give us this land full of milk and honey?” When all they’ve ever tasted was manna from heaven.
The followers of Jesus asked this when God in flesh was trying to tell them why He had come. The King of the Universe would die on a tree? For the world’s sins? Did God really say this was the way for us to enter His peace on earth as it is in heaven? Will we really enter His Promised Land someday and live with Him forever? Did God really say there was enough grace?
A Jesus led adventure is a God-sized dream lived out. It’s what comes after the journaling, brainstorming, coffee with friends to share what God has put on our hearts. In this case, it’s work boots on the ground. It’s walking the talk. It’s slaying the questions and living the dream God has for us.
A Jesus led adventure requires turning a question into a very important statement.
God really said.
I know what God really said in our hearts as a family. And we will someday live it out.