The thought of an unplanned adventure of any kind has always immobilized me with fear. If I am going to do anything at all, than I need a plan. What is it? When is it? How long will it last? What will the cost be? You get the idea. I would love to think that I am a spontaneous person, but that has never been the case for me.
Growing up in a family of six, being the oldest, any type of adventure as a child, was met with the worry of what if something goes wrong? And so, I played it safe. I did what I was told, and that was about it.
As I grew up, I realized that I led a pretty boring, predictable life. Until December of last year. I injured my knee and started missing more work than I would have liked and as a believer in Jesus Christ, prayer became my great adventure. Asking the Lord for direction on how I should proceed with what was in front of me. Due to the many positions, I held in my job, I wasn’t always capable of performing them to the degree I needed to or wanted to.
As I begin to pray and seek God and his wisdom, I felt a tug in my spirit to retire early from my job of 16 years and start writing more than just a blog, for fun. I didn’t give in right away. I had always been the non adventurous type. How was this going to work? And then I received such Peace in my heart that I knew it was time. After several months of physical therapy for a knee injury that would most likely remain a chronic condition; prayer and counseling from friends and family, I retired with no plan except to trust in the Lord and that he would lead me on the correct path.
Since retiring, I have written and self published a book, started building a website to share encouragement and hope through testimony of how God has always worked in my life and has always been my guiding light.
When I would see the word “Adventure” prior to this experience, I would always think of skydiving out of a plane (which I can’t find any reason to do that) or climbing Mt. Everest or doing some “death defying” act. Now, I realize that anytime, we step out of our comfort zones of what we consider “our normal”, that is an adventure. I know that God has used this experience in my life to remind me that when we are too comfortable where we are, He will take us on a journey we will soon, not likely forget.
I am waiting to see what big adventure he has in store for me next; so far it has been very life changing for me.
Blessings to all!