If you know me writing on that topic is quite laughable. My husband calls me “The worst case scenario,” it’s true! Instead of embracing adventure and the unknown I am usually found overanalyzing, planning and trying to plot every possible thing that could go wrong so I can be prepared (I know this is not very biblical, but it’s my personality, and I’m letting the Lord mold me)
Yep, that’s me. Until last week.
I grabbed adventure, and I looked it in the eye, and I WENT FOR IT!
It was an ordinary Sunday, and I hate to admit we missed church. We were planning on taking everyone to see an afternoon movie.
After calculating how much money it was and considering our budget, I said to my husband,
” We want to use our funds wisely, is sitting in a dark theater for two hours going to enrich the kiddos memories? Is this is something they will look back at and say, “Wow!”
He agreed that this was probably not the best use of our time and tight funds with a family of six ( I have nothing against going to the movies! We are just trying to make more conscious choices of where our time and money are going)
Then I had an Idea, an Idea that is so unKrystal like I can’t even believe it flew out of my mouth.
Besides, I have groceries to buy, to-do lists to make, school to organize, laundry to do. We just couldn’t! Or could We?
So I just blurted it out!
“For the price of a movie we can fill up our tank of gas and take off to the beach, get some Grotto Pizza for dinner, what do you think!?”
(we have four kids, two that are 3 and under, so this was crazy talk! We are looking at a spur of the moment 3-hour drive one way, and we had to pack and be out the door in a half hour.)
My husband was all in! He is an adventurous type by nature and was shocked by his usually very controlled and calculated wife suggesting such a trip!
We told the kids, “Pack a backpack, load up, we are leaving for the beach on an adventure!”
They were just as shocked as my husband and squealed in delight!
Three and a half hours, six French fries, one pee break and a trip to a Turkey Hill for some snacks later, we were standing on a chilly Delaware shoreline.
I watched my son stare out at the ocean in wonder; my girls collect seashells, and my littlest guy runs as close to the dunes as humanly possible without getting in trouble.
Watching my little Scarlett plop herself down in the sand and draw pictures with a piece of old, dry beach grass. It was just one of those moments you wanted to bottle forever.
The sky stretched far as the eye can see mixing clouds and sunshine in a beautiful painting only He could have created.Cape May a tiny little dot far on the horizon. Breathing deep the chill of the salty air filled my lungs. I was still for a moment and felt God. It is one of those moments that you just realize how big God is, how little you are and how blessed you are just to be alive. To watch those children and have that husband and be at that very place at this very moment in time.
You know what? I wouldn’t have had that experience if I stayed home and did the laundry! I wouldn’t have had that experience if I was making the grocery list! I definitely would not have had that experience doing the mound of dishes our family accumulates three plus times a day.
I embraced adventure; I went out of my comfort zone. I made the day count.
So many times we start out adventurous and full of wonder and possibility only to be bogged down by the litany of the everyday.
Cooking, cleaning, schooling, washing, correcting, encouraging. Don’t get me wrong, all of that is holy and good work. You are making a difference. You are raising your family on rock and building them up for the glory of God.
But sometimes you need an adventure!
You need to lay down the everyday responsibilities and seek God in uncharted territory. Shake up your routine and take your children to drink in the kingdom of wonder outside the four walls of your home.
That’s what I did. I put down the dishtowel and picked up the compass.
I don’t regret it one bit.
How are you going to seek God’s kingdom outside your home this week or even this month? I challenge you to surprise your family, break the routine and take them on an adventure. Drink up all God has placed before you to enjoy and explore!
Make a memory that they will talk about in years to come.
Let me know what your plans are in the comments; I would love to hear about your families personal adventure.