Someone needs this word today. Maybe it’s me preaching to me, or perhaps it’s the Holy Spirit working his awesomeness right here just for YOU. Regardless. Whoever you are, this one is for you. 😉
At the tender age of 23, I was a newlywed bride who somehow found myself on a transatlantic flight to England with no return ticket in my pocket. My husband of six months had been offered the opportunity to transfer to the northeastern region of England for his job. Never ones to turn down a challenge, we jumped at the chance to take the leap over the “pond”, and it was one of the best decisions we have made as a couple. It was SO awesome for us individually and as a couple…not to mention it was a totally cool, God-filled, three-year adventure!
Of course, we’re back on American soil and have been for over twenty years. But almost every time people hear our story, their reaction is generally something like, “Wow! I could never do that!”
I get their initial reaction. It sounds daunting, scary, new, unfamiliar. And, sure – most of the time, we all have a tendency to want to just “play it safe”. Take the same route to work, shop at the same stores, eat at the same restaurants (ordering our “usual”), wear our favorite sweatshirt, use the same technology (even if newer and better tech exists), etc.
We want to “bloom where we’re planted”. We find comfort in routine and in the “known”, right?
But what would happen if we had the faith and courage to bloom where God took us?
Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying He created us to be major adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers who just jump at every opportunity that comes our way! But I do think He intends for us to step outside our comfort zones in order to to help make this world a wonderfully adventurous place to grow and share Him in it.
I was at my parents’ house in Sarasota this past week and I saw the most curious thing. An orchid “baby” off one of my mom’s many yellow orchid plants had made its way from a pot all the way to the joint of a pigmy palm tree. Take a look:
Isn’t that the coolest thing?
Do you know what’s even cooler? It’s thriving.
That orchid didn’t say, “Well, this isn’t where I thought I’d end up! I wasn’t planted here! This doesn’t feel very familiar and it’s sort of uncomfortable! Get me outta here or I’m going to wither on the vine!” Instead, it took up residence in a brand new place, using its roots as an anchor to thrive and live and add a little beauty and color to an otherwise dull-looking tree trunk.
What if we used our faith as an anchor that allowed us to venture a little bit away from our planted places? What if we trusted in God enough to try on a little courage and muster up the bravery to try something new?
I don’t know what that looks like for you, sweet friend, but I do know something is waiting. Maybe it’s a new hobby or sport. Or maybe it’s a new neighbor waiting for someone to knock on her door. Perhaps a different job opportunity or even a new church has presented itself to you. Or, yeah, maybe even an across-the-world move beckons that requires you to rely on your faith and trust in God just enough to give you the courage to take the first step to a new adventure and spread the beauty of Jesus wherever you find yourself.
What’s tickling the tips of your adventure spirit these days? This week, I encourage to spend some time with God talking about it, consult scripture and wise counsel. It may not be easy, but it sure will be worth it if God has brought it to you. As you explore the possibilities, you’ll find God showing up right next to you, waiting to grab your hand, and take you somewhere you never expected that will be worth every “butterfly” you feel!
Following along with our easy 2016 series? Can you even believe only have TWO MORE WEEKS LEFT?! Click here for the following goodies:
- Link to our “Note To Self” mantra/scripture card
- Link to a printable copy of this week’s easy meal and recipe card
- Link to find out more about our July book, Giddy Up, Eunice, by the hilarious and insightful Sophie Hudson
- And click here to listen to this week’s easy, breezy tune by Blanca, “Different Drum”!
Have a great week, sweet friends!
Peace, love and JOY!
Up next week: Take a Hike (what nature teaches us about the rhythms of God’s goodness)