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Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)
TITLE: The Big Adventure
By Margaret Watson
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There are few big adventures left in the world or so it seems. Someone has already conquered Everest, discovered the sources of the Nile or learnt how to make perfect Yorkshire puddings or choux pastry that works every time. So what should we do - learn to hang glide, scuba dive, or try free fall parachute jumping or whatever.
Someone has even written a book listing all the places one ought to visit and the experiences to be tried before its time to go. But though I’m sure they are all very valid choices few of us will be able to complete the list, because of the need to earn a living, family commitments or just plain money.
I did manage one a week ago though – I saw the Mona Lisa – and shocked the young lady next to me – my husband asked - “Why does she smile like that?” to which I replied ‘She probably had bad teeth and is trying to hid them.” This is good a theory as any, but the person concerned sucked in her breath and then stood there open mouthed at my effrontery, so perhaps I’d better lay off the tourist trade for a while.
So what is left – I would suggest prayer. Real prayer is a real adventure. You never know where it is going to take you. Years ago, after reading the biography of Gladys Aylwood I prayed ‘Please Lord, don’t send me to China. I could never manage the language.’ God has a sense of humour – he sent me to the far north of Pakistan where we could see the mountains of China from the bedroom window.
That was years ago and now we are praying about a trip to Romania in order to plan a much longer stay so that we can teach evangelism. The hold up might be the medical as I had a bad reaction to a vaccine some years ago which has had on going results. They only slow me down from time to time, rather than stop me doing things, but I’ve got to convince a doctor of that, so please pray for us as we set off on our new adventure with God.
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