Do you ever wish your life was just a bit more…dangerous?
I’m reading the Divergent trilogy and, just as I did when I read the Harry Potter series or Lord of the Rings or what-have-you, I get so pumped up by the adventure of it. Love seems more thrilling in the midst of danger, in the midst of adventure. EVERYTHING seems more thrilling. And suddenly the quiet life of the everyday Joe becomes a burdensome reality once again
I so long for that adventure. That danger and adrenaline.
But in books there’s the security of knowing things are gonna be ok, because the author is going to make it so. Real life doesn’t always carry those guarantees, and that’s where my adventure craving falters. The Author of my life offers me no such guarantee that things will pan out the way I want them to. There’s no guarantee that I or you are even going to be the “heroes” of our stories–that we’re not going to be the token “unnamed crewman in the red shirt” who gets taken out in the first act.
That’s what scares me. I am dispensable, even in my own life. I mean, none of us gets out of life alive, that’s for certain. But I guess what I want to know is will there be enough time beforehand for a good story…?
I sure hope so.
I love a good adventure. I used to joke in college that I wished there was such a thing as a major in it. Even in my early years, watching Beauty and the Beast for the first time I totally resonated with her line “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere–I want it more than I can tell” (hence my blog’s tagline).
I’d never wanted a “normal” life–the sensible job with the husband, dog, 2.5 kids and white picket fence. ADVENTURE was calling, and I intended to answer.
It’s funny how that doesn’t always end up looking like we think it’s gonna look, though…
I think that must be why I also love a good story. Tolkien, Rowling, Lewis, the Grimm brothers–all these fantastical storytellers that weave yarns of such immense intrigue and excitement that you feel like you are actually WITH these characters, ON these journeys. I can easily get so caught up in the stories and in these other lives that occasionally I have to remind myself to take a breath in reality, remembering that I am in THIS world, in THIS life and THIS story, and that God is a way better storyteller than all the “greats” combined.
But still, I do love a good adventure epic 🙂
I recently finished reading one of my favorite book series, Harry Potter, for the umpteenth time. It’s always a little sad when a great adventure ends–even when it’s one you’ve been on so many times before.
Fortunately, real life–even more so, sometimes, than books–is an even more intense story than we expect. Though it doesn’t always feel that way, even in the mundane and arduous times, we should be encouraged: the great stories found in books and movies, rather than making us feel dissatisfied with our seemingly “ordinary” lives, should (and DO) stir within us a desire to embrace the life we’ve been given and see it for the great, adventurous story it really is.
I think that’s what the best adventure stories do, and how you can tell a good story from a great one. Does it stir within you a desire to see your life as as equally grand a story? Or to make it so?
The greatest stories should.
Edit: this article is such a great echo of all of this
Vacation has officially ended. After 10 days straight with the most amazing friends, it’s back to the grind. But as much as I love flying the friendly skies, I’m kind of wishing I could keep my feet on the earth for a little while longer.
Do you ever wonder if the job you’re working is the one you’re meant to work for always? Oh, what am I saying, of course you do. We ALL do, don’t we? We ponder the grander scheme of life and wonder just where we’re meant to be and what we’re meant to be doing. I went to bible school and studied missions, with the hope of one day being a missionary. And now I’m a flight attendant.
How did THAT happen?
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”–Proverbs 16:9
Here’s a revelation, though, that i had a few weeks ago:
Really, only adventure lies ahead. Always, for all of us.
Here’s to the thrill of the unknown!
Thankfully, what is unknown to us is fully known to our God.
I love this. So often we don’t take this to heart, especially when it comes to the internet. We post, often carelessly, about things we have little to no knowledge of, and we use our words to gossip, hurt and slander, thinking because we’re not face to face we are exempt from kindness and from the commands of God.
But God says:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. –Ephesians 4:29
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. -James 1:19-20
So maybe instead of being so quick to offer our two cents, we would do well to pause and ponder whether our words are edifying to others and glorifying to God.