It is easy for me to get swept up in epic stories like “Lord of the Rings” or real adventurers like Lewis and Clark because of the elements or risk and danger associated. I am not by nature a risk taker, but I am a sucker for adventure stories.
When brave people decide to intentionally move themselves towards something new and unseen, great things tend to happen. They lay their eyes upon what others have only pictured in their minds but were too fearful to explore.
And, these explorers and adventurers were defined for the rest of their lives by their adventure. It haunted them. They were never the same after they saw this new country. The ring bearers in “The Lord of the Rings” had to depart Middle Earth for the Gray Havens because of their adventure. The conquest of the West eventually consumed Meriweather Lewis and he took his own life. Once they tasted what was real and true, they couldn’t go back to what was normal.
Explorers are those who are not afraid to go deep into something. For these brave ones, just thinking about what something could look like if they went was not enough. They had to go. They had to respond to the stirring of their hearts. It had to be them.
When we consider spiritual depth, we must take on the mindset of the explorer and adventurer. Engaging God on a deeper and more intentional level means being open to what you will find-whether you like it or not. When we choose to go deep, we prepare ourselves to see God on his own terms in all of his mystery. The deep places of God are wild and unpredictable.
In C.S. Lewis’ epilogue to the Chronicles of Narnia, called The Last Battle, the story concludes with the end of Narnia and the beginning of something new. The kids entered the “Real” Narnia with the animals. The quote from the unicorn still haunts me:
“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee! Come further up, come further in!”
When we willingly explore the depths of God, things are always new. We can go further up and in to this wild landscape and it just gets better and better.
When we go further up and in:
Easy answers aren’t enough
God escapes “the box” we put him in rather quickly.
Things look different. Even our view of God might change.
We test the “status quo”.
We take risks.
We want to be people of adventure. But, we have to be willing to explore. We must be brave and courageous. It takes risk and Let’s go further up and further in.
What does spiritual adventure look like to you?