(as in Field Trip!)
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“Just think — you don't need a thing, you've got it all! All God's gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.” (I Corinthians 1:7-9, THE MESSAGE)
Remember those young, childhood days in grade school, and the teacher announced, “Tomorrow we are going on a field trip!” You were about to jump out of your seat with excitement! In some ways, it didn’t matter if the travel was going to be across five city blocks, or to the other end of town several miles away. You were “going”, and it was certain to be an adventure.
I have even seen the eyes of staff members, in several Christian ministries that I was administrator or director at, get a bit bigger when I had the joy of saying several times over the years, “Next month we are going on a field trip!” Anticipation then grew in them as each day passed, looking forward to that time together when we could be adventurous as a team.
Why does international travel seem so appealing to many? Because it gives the chance to get away, see the vast world, and experience other cities and cultures. Look at the Israeli young adults who hit the airwaves the first year out of high school, before beginning their stint in the required one and a half (girls) or two-year commitment (boys) in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). They literally “take off” for adventures in Asia, Australia, Africa or South America. And then back to the home front where the defense adventure starts.
Or consider those who have entered into their retirement years, which I really believe that for those trusting in our Lord Jesus, it can be just the start of the next adventure the Lord already had planned for your life. As Rick Joyner (Morningstar Ministries in the Charlotte, North Carolina area) likes to say, this final time in life is for the “refirement” years.
Seriously, who wants to sit around watching TV all day, or getting out and hitting a white ball for several miles, only to get frustrated most of the time!
For the decades in previous years, these golden boys and girls saved as best they could, doing without many needs and wants, anticipating the last years of life would be for travel and adventurous ease, their life-long destination reward. As too do many young people worldwide, they love adventure.
|(L-R) Dave King, Steve Martin, Pam King|
- Israel's Knesset building Oct. 2018
As for doing the same old, same old, well… it gets old. We need that occasional change in our life; we need that pent-up desire for excitement to happen at least once in a while, and so we look forward to those adventures we hope and pray are coming up in the near feature.
Why do we delight in, and even crave, adventure? Because we are created in God’s image, and He places that same desire of His in us. And guess what, He above all loves adventure. He loved taking Moses and a few friends (in the millions) across the desert, leaving behind some chasers on horses and chariots. And then He was thrilled to open the Red Sea for them to cross over. (I bet it was more than six inches deep, as one joke is quipped, wittily expressed.)
Our God, who enjoys being personally involved with us daily, delighted in walking around the Land of Israel in the first century, sharing His compassionate love, healing, and life lessons with the down and out; the lost in spirit and soul; and those like us who needed a break, and whole salvation, from a lackluster life they had been burdened with.
You too want to see our kids and grandkids follow the Lord Jesus? Give them an adventure, a field trip once in a while, centered around God. Having a real purpose, a real sense of fulfillment will keep them from considering drugs, alcohol, sex or daylong video games instead. They can have and keep experiences with the Giver of Life, who alone can give them a life adventure if they seek and follow after Him.
Our Lord Yeshua’s heart is to give you a lifetime of adventure. It does get tough going through the valleys and reaching mountain tops along the way, but hey, what do you have to lose, except eternal life if you choose your own way. As our President Trump said to the American black people, who generation after generation voted for Democrats, “What do you have to lose?” by instead giving him a chance.
Whatever your age, trust in the Lord and your life will be more exciting than what you thought it would be when you first said yes to Him. Keep saying yes. He will take you on field trips. He will give you the fulfillment of those heart’s desires you have. After all, it is He who put them there in the first place.
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P.S. Want an adventure walking the streets of Jerusalem? Come with me sometime! And in the meantime, watch my short videos that I recorded in October 2018 as I did that just that. Jerusalem October 2018 playlist
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Now Think On This #366 - in the year of our Lord 11.07.18 – “Adventure – as in Field Trip!”, Wednesday, 6:00 am