Guys can I get real with you for a moment? Because this letter to you is a little piece of my heart. My honest desires. I hope you read it, digest it, and make some lovely connections and little light bulbs go off in your mind, because the Lord loves you dearly and fiercely and he is running after you. He wants to use your passions to connect yourself to him and to those people he has placed in your life. With that being said…
I often hear my friends say, “Let’s do something. Let’s go adventure. Let’s just go.” And I love the spontaneity of it and the freedom of a good adventure. But what if we change those simple statements to, “I just wanna go… where Jesus wants me to go.” Imagine living our whole lives like this with a constant sense of wonder and amazement. I think that we are a restlessness generation that is willing to do whatever and give up whatever to see the things of this world. Romans 1:19-20 says, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Even people who don’t know Jesus find magic in a peachy sunset, the mountains, or see wonder in the falling red and gold leaves. Let us be the ones who have seen the earth and the sky and can testify to God’s invisible qualities. We can testify to his goodness and truth.
What if we went adventuring not solely to satisfy our own needs and desires, but to satisfy God’s deep desire to meet with his people. The Lord yearns for our hearts to come to him. He yearns for our obedience. Because we were once lost and now we are found. God tells us to go to the ends of the earth. Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation (Mark 16:15). It says go into ALL the world, not just where it is convenient. If you want to get the most out of your adventure, bring him along. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it (Malachi 3:10).” Don’t you want to see the floodgates of heaven open up upon your life? I know I for sure do.
What will our restless generation do next? Will we be restless until our prayers are answered or will we be restless and waste our lives living outside of God’s will. Because the more I know God, the more I know that I cannot have a full life outside of his blessing and design. He knows my heart so deeply and he held it for so long that without him breathing is impossible and life loses its shine and joy. Romans 1:25 states that, “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” We worship the Creator not the creation. I believe our desires to see the wonders in this world come from a deep need to connect with something more than ourselves. That something more is the one who created us.
I’m gonna take you back Old Testament for a moment here to the book of Job where it describes knowing God in this way, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” What if you let Jesus have your vacations and desires to see the world? What would happen? What if the desires and passions that we have we gave completely over to God to let him transform, shape, and mature them? Travel is greatest intoxication of life. What an adventure to speak life into the people that God has placed before us. We are a sent people.
What if the places we were excited and passionate to see were places on our hearts because the peoples around and in that place desperately need to know the Jesus that we so dearly love. What if these people desire something more, something intimate, and in our desire and to travel we keep on moving when God wants us to look around and see that we have something to share that other people have only dreamt of. The unselfish God, who gave the one thing he loved most, is the one who is letting us desire foreign places and lands.
What if Jesus was in our love and wanderlust for the places of the world. What if we believed that the greatest and most enjoyable wanderlust and traveling was following wherever the spirit led? Maybe you don’t think missions is put on your heart, you don’t feel this need to travel. God is still calling you to be a missionary. He is asking for your life to look different than those around you.
Spring break is coming.It’s in the name: Break.But remember that we are taking a break from school, not from God. Don’t let this world lie to you and tell you that it doesn’t matter what wild things you do over break because you are young and in college and it’s just what you do. That is a lie. My heart breaks for the fact that while I am deciding where to go adventure for spring break, there are people around me wondering if they are loved, if they have friends, when will the next party be, how drunk can I get, if I take this many pills will that be enough to finally end it? Being sent by God can mean foreign lands, but it can also right here where you are.
While we are busy with our lives, there are people out there that are people who would desperately love to know that there is hope and a God that loves them deeply, fiercely, and passionately. God’s love for us never wavers my friends. What if we not only desired to travel and see these wonders, but to see the wonders that God can and will do through us in the peoples we encounter on our travels and everyday life.
Yes, I want to go to see the world, but I do not want to go without God. I don’t want to put him away and only invite Him in my life when it is Sunday or convenient. He is the greatest adventurer of all time and the one who created the majesty we are seeking after. I cannot say in enough eloquent words how amazing a relationship with Christ is. Fam, this lifelong love of Christ is the greatest adventure of all time.
Daily, I rest knowing my God loves me ferociously more than anything that I could ever imagine. What a friend we find in Jesus. “It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me. From beginning to the end, You deserve the glory,” is a line of one of my favorite songs. So, friends, now that I have given you a little peak into my heart, I would love to hear what you are passionate about and what God is doing in your life. Grab a friend to adventure, work on homework, chat, or get coffee and remember to bring along the architect of your life’s story: God. Go be the and hands and feet of the Lord.
WSU Chi Alpha Sophomore