What is an adventure?
An adventure is a little trip that twists unexpectedly, making life more intriguing or educational than just staying home.
It’s like heading to Hinckley because someone on Craigslist wants to buy your antique chair. Along the way, you run into tangled traffic and a surprising amount of snow. And when you are almost there, the chair customer calls and says she is not interested after all.
So, the tears and loud expressions of regret you yell aloud in an empty car make you realize that you are still pretty rough around the edges and God has more work to do on you.
Life is an adventure that is filled with mini adventures. Just when you think you are going to the store for potatoes, you run out of gas and meet an angel on County Road #1. And when you arrive home without the forgotten potatoes, you are faced with the truth you should have known all along: everyone wanted pancakes, anyway.
An adventure is a journey of corners. As you peek around each one, you may find a nest of naked, newborn field mice, or a key lime donut with chocolate sprinkles. You never know. A true adventure is usually not 100% bad or 100% good – it’s a little of both.
Unplanned, unexpected and possibly unwelcome, an adventure makes you richer because, after all the field mice and donuts, you have a true and unique story to tell.
“Adventures are never fun while you’re having them.”
~ C.S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader
© Lisa M. Luciano