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I was just thinking about some of the novels I’ve read in my lifetime that involve action and adventure, and realized something. So often the action and adventure comes across as something “glamorous” or “thrilling” or “exciting” … something that makes you wish you were involved in it. But I wonder… if I were really in the situation, what would it look like to me, what would it feel like to me? Here’s what I have decided:
It’s probably not as fun as it is portrayed to be. Those who spent time slogging through the jungle probably didn’t see it as high adventure… they probably were more concerned about putting one foot in front of the other and not falling into the muck… trying to find the strength to make it one more step… filthy, dirty, tired, hungry, lonely… who knows what all the feelings were… but excitement and high adventure probably weren’t anywhere close to the top of the list. Or what about the fugitive running from capture? Life on the run isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. You’d have to be constantly looking over your shoulder, showing extreme carefulness to your words and actions, always having a way of escape mapped out in your mind, but most of all, trying to appear to be in all respects a normal individual so that people wouldn’t take notice of you. Or what about the law officer? There are probably days of extreme boredom where you sit there and nothing happens… or if you are on a case, it may involve digging through piles upon piles of paperwork or data to try to find one little piece of information… or maybe it’s sitting and watching someone day after day after day and nothing happening. It may be dealing with inebriated individuals who are so befuddled they can hardly stand on their own two feet, whose odor is anything but pleasant. It may be dealing with situations where people aren’t happy with each other, much less with you.
You know the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise discovers that plugging away and focusing on his goal helps him to achieve it, while the hare gets overconfident and gets distracted … and loses his goal.
In a lot of respects life is that way. I don’t think physically we could handle it if it was always action, adventure and thrilling situations. But, if we’ll just plug away at it… keeping our goal in view… we can achieve that goal. And, who knows… someone may look back on our lives one day and think, “Wow! They had such an exciting life! Look at all the neat things they did! Look at all they overcame!”… and we’ll think, “It didn’t feel like an adventure when I lived it. It didn’t feel like I was making much progress, or doing anything big.”
Spiritually, that applies, too. We don’t have to live for the mountaintop experiences. There are going to be times where we’re slogging through the mud, putting one step in front of the other, just trying to make it to the end of the day. There are going to be times when it’s going to feel like work, like a hard time, like a difficult circumstance… but if we will keep our eyes on the goal… keep our focus on God and his ability to get us through what we’re facing… there will come a time when we can look back on it and realize that, regardless of how we felt, it was an adventure! Be faithful when it feels like you’re stuck in the mundane. Be faithful when it feels like you’re just spinning your wheels and going nowhere. Be faithful when it hurts and is hard. Be faithful… in whatever comes your way. Slow and steady wins the race. It won’t constantly be toil and trouble. There are going to be times when the way gets easier. There will be times where you are strengthened and rested and encouraged and blessed. There are times when the view is going to be so totally amazing that it takes your breath away. Be faithful in those times, too. Keep pressing on to the goal.
When it doesn’t feel very adventure like… when it requires all your focus and concentration to take one more step… remember, “I will go in the strength of the Lord God…” and keep pressing on.
(My apologies for the way this is written. This was previously a personal blog, but I felt the thoughts should be shared here just as they were written there. Think of it as a personal letter to you.) :)
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