I recently went zip lining for the first time in Belize with my husband, my brother, and my sister-in-law. The four of us were excited as we made our way through rural Central America in our rented SUV, carrying plenty of water, extra snacks, and sporting our trendy outdoor gear to look like experienced zip liners. I felt jazzed as we arrived at the starting point and made friends with the Mayan guides that would lead us through the maze of lines in the canopy high above us. That was up until the waivers came out as multiple-page documents. I quit counting how many signatures were required because the number rose quite rapidly along with my blood pressure! Everyone else seemed to get more excited about the upcoming adventure, but I began getting more nauseated, wondering how to get out of it without looking like a chicken. True confession – my adventure-seeking stalls out a bit when I think physical injury could be involved. You see, I need my physical body to be intact and unbroken for the most part in order to do the other things I love, like teaching Body & Soul. So when the risk gets higher, so does my level of fear. But if I give in to fear, then I miss the adventure. Can you relate to my struggle?
According to dictionary.com, adventure is “an exciting or very unusual experience; a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome”. Oh my. If I allow fear to rule, adventure doesn’t hold the same appeal, and that definition dampens my excitement. I like the exciting and very usual part, and even the bold part, but risky and hazardous and uncertain make this girl second-guess her pursuit of adventure. I know what you might be thinking – just say no to fear and say yes to adventure. I’d like to propose that it goes deeper than that. As a woman of faith, I believe that God is in control, and this faith gives me just enough courage to say yes to adventure while surrendering my fear to Him. Not because I have the will to say these things, but because I know that He has my best interest at heart and that His plans for me are good and perfect. My job is to join Him in this adventure, even when I feel afraid of the outcome, fearing that I might get hurt. So in faith, we say yes to the adventure and surrender our fears to Him. As far as the uncertain outcome – maybe that should be the greatest attribute of adventures. Even when we cannot predict it, may we never doubt that the outcome of God’s adventures for us are completely certain because He is in control. For that I am grateful.
So what adventure have you been considering, yet haven’t climbed to the launching deck and clipped into your harness? Whatever it is, I hope you’ll say yes. I can’t predict the outcome exactly, but I’m confident that you will grow in your faith – and chances are, you’ll get pretty jazzed by the exhilarating ride!
Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise Faculty member, wife of Steven, and mom to Jordan.
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