The Call to Adventure as a Spiritual Practice

We see it every day. The epic journey of the hero or heroine as they plunge forward into the adventure of a lifetime. On the big screen, this scenario is played out again and again. It’s what makes a great story.

Adventure resonates with us as human beings. I believe it’s the way God made us. The longing in our deepest being for adventure is one way God brings us to the place to discover his greatness.

The Spiritual Practice of Adventure

As with many spiritual practices, it begins with listening – real listening. Get yourself in a quiet place, somewhere you can be free from distraction. Focus on your breath. Lay down any agenda before the Lord.

Deep listening.

In prayer, ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes and ears to what he is saying. Then wait.

What has been drawing your attention lately? Does there seem to be a theme?

In my life, I often hear the same scriptures repeated in different ways. I will see things in print, notice them in media or conversations that reinforce what I’m receiving from the Lord – from profound writings of old to coffee mug imprints.

Are there certain words that keep coming into your life? When you see those “hints,” what does it quicken in you? What are your emotions telling you?

When we listen to the many ways the Lord is getting our attention, we may start to see a pattern form. Paying attention to what draws you into that longing is the first step.

Satisfied but still hungry.

There is a spiritual tension that holds us in the place of satisfied in the fullness of God and yet still hungry for more. The Lord’s goodness and grace is addictive. The more we taste, the more we long for it. We live with full/not full all at the same time. It’s part of the mystery of the Kingdom.

Don’t mistake the hunger for a sign that you’re off track. The truth is, when you’ve tasted the Best, you will always want more. Hunger is a gift that brings you back to the Source.

Follow your curiosity. Where does your hunger lead you? There is always more to discover about Jesus and his love for you. C.S. Lewis called this longing, “going further on and further in.” I love the picture that paints.

A call beyond safe dreams.

I don’t mean we live dangerously – although some may be asked to. I’m talking about spiritual and personal risk. What dreams urge you beyond your own ability to make them a reality? Safe dreams don’t quicken your pulse and get you out of bed each morning.

Elenor Roosevelt said, “Do something that scares you every day.” I agree. If we want to answer the call to adventure, we must move beyond our comfort zone. That’s what the life of faith is all about. Are you trusting God to do what only he can?

True faith must be tested if it is to be the foundation of our life. Listen to Hebrews 11:1-2 from The Passion Translation,

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. 

Trusting that the longing you feel was placed in your heart by a loving God is scary stuff. But it is how the ancients “earned a good reputation.” Our heroes of the faith answered the call of adventure, they stepped out in faith and moved into the God-size dreams before them.

So what adventure is calling you right now? Through the seasons of our life, the adventure may change, but the call will always remain.

Answer the call, Hero! The world is ready for your close-up!

Karelin