And by "adventures," I'm not exactly talking about rock climbing or sky-diving. I'm not planning a vacation to an exotic location any time soon, and I don't see any drag racing in my near future, either. Not everyone can manage those kinds of adventures-single or married!
Not all adventures have to be death-defying, expensive, or time-consuming. They don't even have to always take you out of the house. They can be small, every day moments of new experiences, joy, growth, pleasure, and maybe sometimes even sorrow.
Lately, I've discovered my life is full of such moments, whether they be in reading a new book, starting my summer vacation, hearing a song by my favorite group, or writing a blog! And I'm loving every minute of it!
For years, I felt that I was in a "waiting period." I couldn't really start experiencing all that life and God had to offer-- the way so many of my friends and family seemed to be experiencing-- until I was married, or at least in a serious relationship. I couldn't embrace new changes, soar to new heights, or accept new challenges, all for fear I would mess things up for any future relationships. Thus, I was stuck in a rut, unable to truly experience everything within my reach, because I was waiting for...someone to have those experiences with.
It finally hit me. (Sometimes it takes a while for me to get something.) What was I waiting for? God never intended that I find a mate for me to start truly living and enjoying the blessings and adventures He has for me. My new life, rich with purpose and fulfillment, started the day I accepted the Lord Jesus into my life. So why was I limiting myself to finding happiness with a partner? I had already found the greatest Partner I could ever hope to find.
When I realized that liberating truth, I was able to truly see the challenges, opportunities, and experiences in my life as the adventures they really were. I experienced more joy in these moments-- big and small-- than I ever had before. And I can look back with satisfaction and contentment, knowing that I have not been wasting my time for my adventures to really begin.
Since then, I have been able to experience many kids of adventures that filled me with a sense of joy, contentment, and fulfillment.
Recently, my sister and I both started a new adventure by opening up a boutique. Believe me, it was not easy and we've had our hitches. We could almost hear the scoffers and doubters. (Why would they do something like that? I just don't see it lasting. And so forth.) But we didn't care. Why NOT do it now? And who knows, maybe it won't last. But at least we won't look back in years to come and wonder what would've happened. But in the meantime, we're having a blast playing with clothes and meeting people.
And I'm not stopping there. I recently discovered a new hobby: backyard farming! I've really developed a taste for growing things. I don't have a lot of space where I'm living, so I'm learning how to make the best of what I've got and improvise. I love to make lists, so I've got my 5 year plan laid out. It may not seem like much to some people, but I'm enjoying myself.
Some may read this and think to themselves, "Adventures? Seriously?" And that's okay. My definition of adventure may be different from yours. But I encourage everyone reading this post to go out and look for your own adventure, whether it be getting a new pet, visiting a new restaurant, getting reacquainted with an old friend, or witnessing to someone of the Lord's goodness. There's nothing more exciting than waking up each day and wondering what's in store for the future!
God's richest blessings on your future adventures!
"It's not how many years we live, but how we live them." -Evangeline Booth