A few weeks ago, I found myself 50 feet up a tree and standing on thin branch that leaned out over the cool spring below that was formed from the roaring Tinago Falls waterfall in the near distance. I wasn’t alone on the branch. I was actually followed up the tree by a young boy who, like me was seeking adventure that morning.
I’ll pause for a moment with this story..
As a kid I always found myself seeking adventure in all aspects of life. I wasn’t satisfied with what was always safe and comfortable. I wouldn’t let up until I found the highest tree to climb, the farthest distance to jump, or the biggest ramp to build. I was always curious and full of creativity when it came to ways of achieving adventure.
I wasn’t the biggest, nor the fastest, or the strongest kid, but I was usually voted the first one to try a new adventure amongst my friends. Thankfully, I’ve never broken any major bones or meet an injury that required more ice, iodine, bandages, or super glue to heal.
Now as I look back and think about the things I did and survived, I can’t say I would change much. I would probably just hit repeat and relive it all again, because I believe that’s how God created me, you, us.. that is, He created us for adventure.
Now, I know most would say, He gave us a brain and wisdom to know what is safe and what is right. Of course, I agree with all of that, but I will have to attest that there is something incredible, something spiritual, when take a dive off a cliff 50 feet up or hiking along a glacier with a grizzly and her cubs in the near distance.
Honestly, its when I’m in the midst of adventure I feel closest to God. Yes, for some of you might be thinking, “you should feel close to God, because one wrong step and you’ll slide down the side of cliff joining Him in heaven shortly.”
I will say with age has come wisdom and judgement. When I was 12 years old, my body bounced back within the day from my adventures, but now it takes a day or two to get back to normal. Aches and pains develop easier. As I age, I realize that my adventures adjust to what my body says it best, but there is still the young spirit within me that wants to push the limits. I exercise and eat right, so I can rely on my body to respond when the next adventure arises.
Adventure is in the heart of God. Its in the heart of every man or woman. It may look differently for each person, but nonetheless, it is engrained in each heart. It is God’s wild, untamed, heart on display. His extravagant love poured out for you and I in whatever we find adventurous. Whether its jumping out of a plane or whitewater rafting Class 5 rapids or maybe its a touring a city in another country, know that God is there in the midst of it. He is sharing in your joy and excitement, because you are living out what He has placed in your heart.
Back to my story..
I found myself on the branch looking down at the ice cold spring fed water below. The roar of the massive waterfall in the distance and the cheers of my friends below awaiting to capture my jump on video. The young boy went ahead and jumped off the branch with little concern of approach or landing. He made it with a big splash! He made it look easy and effortless. I was next up, I scanned the water below ensuring I wasn’t going to land on any rocks or boulders lying hidden beneath the waters. I took one step up the branch and let it fly. I didn’t consider that impact 80 kilos would have falling from 50 feet up. I was a real physics lesson (gravity vs. weight) in action as I free falling and landing in the water with huge splash. I went deeper than I expected and shot up with excitement. What a rush! I jumped three more times that day. I went home with another adventure story, a swollen, bruised right arm and leg from the impact of several jumps that day from the tree and the cliff.
I loved every moment of it! Adventure is in the heart of God. Look throughout the Bible and you’ll see. And so, I continue to live out what He has placed in my heart. I’m continually looking for higher heights, deeper depths, wider widths, and crazier adventures to conquer.
Because in doing so, I believe God is glorified in living out my adventures!