Our society has a desire for adventure. All you have to do is look at Hollywood. Why are so many of the highest grossing movies action adventures? Quite simply, we like them. We like the idea of watching people go on missions or quests. We want to see them achieve something when they make it through all the trials. We want to see them come out on top.
This desire for adventure I think is also evident in the Christian life. One obvious place you can see this is in the international missions movement. Yes, people go to other countries because God called them there. I do not deny the supernatural aspect of calling whatsoever. However, I also recognize that many people go willingly and even excitedly. They want to go do this, and they have the fire inside them to go to a new place. If there was not an innate desire to try something new and to go on an adventure, I think we should expect people to stay home where they are comfortable. I think God uses their human tendency to put them in the best possible position to serve His Kingdom.
The Scripture itself also shows a propensity towards a human desire for adventure. Jesus promised His followers a lot of really bad consequences if they continued following him. People would literally persecute them if they went through with this commitment to Jesus Christ. However, they were willing to go. Again, there is undoubtedly the impact of God’s calling on the lives of individual people in the recognition that the things of God are of utmost importance regardless of the consequences. However, there is also an element of adventure inherent in this journey as well. There is something appealing this Christian journey particularly because we don’t always know where it is going to lead. There are going to be challenges, and we don’t know where they are. We also know that we have God with us, and it is exciting to face these challenges and adventures as well.
I live in a rather unadventurous life on the surface. Very much in the style of Bilbo Baggins, I have a routine, and am very content to stick with that routine. I go to work, I come home and study. On the weekends, I normally play soccer and go to church. When I wake up in the morning, I have a normal routine I go through every day. My life does not appear overly adventurous, and in reality, it perhaps is really not very adventurous.
That being said, I have been thinking a lot lately about this idea of adventure and what that desire looks like in my life as a rather average American. What does it mean for me to have adventure, and how do I satisfy this desire that I think is innate in my life that may not appear to be overly adventurous on the surface?