When we think about adventures, I think I have established two different ideas already this week. On one hand, we have the reality that there is this desire for adventure. We seem to have this human tendency to want adventure, and I have also suggested that we have a variety of ways to potentially satisfy this desire in our everyday lives.
The problem is that I don’t know that this desire is ever totally fulfilled by any of these things. When you think about people who live their lives on the edge with lots of adrenaline pumping all the time, they basically become addicted to that type of behavior. Once you do one amazing adventure, you want another one.
It makes me then think about CS Lewis’ famous conclusion.
That tells me something very important about adventure. If it seems like we always have this desire that can never be fully satisfied, so that tells me that if there is ever a hope of it being satisfied, it is not going to be here but rather in another world.
If that is true, then what that tells me is that, at its heart, adventure is in fact God-given and God designed. If we were given this desire to want adventure, it must have come from somewhere, and the ultimate fulfillment of that desire is not going to happen here on earth.
Fascinatingly enough then, the life of the Christian ought to be a life of utmost adventure, but it is not necessarily how we always think about adventure. Adventure is our journey into what we will never be able to reach the end of, namely God. Adventure is the never-ending trip through God’s infinite wisdom. It may not be climbing Mount Everest, but it is the never ending drive towards God.
J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” Anyone who remembers the end of The Last Battle in the Chronicles of Narnia will also remember how we are left with a story that is going to go on forever. That ultimate greatest adventure world one day be realized for the Christian. That desire will be fulfilled in a way that may be hinted at here on earth but ultimately can never be fully satisfied. We always have a desire for more adventure.
One day, we will have no more desire for adventure, not because it went away or was wrong, but because it will be satisfied. We will not need to desire it because we will have it continually. There always be more gratifying, and there will be a sense of joy in that exploration. Just like we get joy at adventure is here on earth, we are going to get even greater joy when those adventures are fulfilled perfectly.
Isn’t that something to look forward to in our world of chaos? Our desire will be fulfilled.