The Great Adventure

Steven Curtis Chapman’s contemporary Christian classic, The Great Adventure, inspires my adventurous heart — which affirms to me that curiosity, exploration and risk-taking are part of our Creator’s plan for us. Consider these lyrics:

Started out this morning
In the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head
Of all I had to do today
Another time around the circle
Try to make it better than the last

I opened up the Bible
And I read about me
Said I’d been a prisoner
And God’s grace had set me free

And somewhere between the pages
It hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me
And I heard somebody say, “Let’s go”

Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder
Of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our Leader
Into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other
This is the great adventure

Come on get ready
For the ride of your life
Gonna leave long-faced religion
In a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons
Just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for

There it is. We were created for adventure! Are you living adventurously? Or are you staying well within your comfort zone of the day-to-day routine?

The lyrics continue:

We’ll travel over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all, we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey
That the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far
Beyond our wildest dreams

God himself is a risk-taker, an adventurer, and we are made in his image. Following our loving, fearless Leader will take us beyond our wildest dreams — if we are willing.

In Intimate Mystery, Dan Allender writes: “Marriage is the human relationship that most reveals the being, character and purpose of God. This key human relationship is designed to make known who God is and how he relates to this world.”

Does your marriage reflect the adventurous heart of God? How could it better reflect this characteristic of our Creator?

Watch the full video for The Great Adventure and be inspired:

7 thoughts on “The Great Adventure

  1. Stuart on said:

    Yes and amen! Marriage provides constant opportunity for emotional risk-taking. In a world emphasizing the safest most well defined path as the right and often only choice, there is great need for relationship pioneers to forge ahead creating new possibilities. Courageous men and women with the heart of an over-comer are vital to the health and unity of marriage within the church. Great post!

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Stuart. Risk-taking is another way dance is a microcosm of both marriage and life. If you don’t take the risk, then you miss the “dance.” Hope all is going well in your latest adventure!

  2. Love it Dawn! I for one definitely have an adventurous spirit! I love adventure sports and have always loved this classic song by Steven Curtis Chapman, although I wasn’t always sure of the words when I heard the song before. Thank you for posting and for pointing out that part of God’s character is adventure! And for some reason, I have been reading a lot recently about how Marriage is supposed to be a reflection of our relationship with Christ. He is the bridegroom and we are “The bride of Christ” his people.

    • I definitely thought of you while writing this post, Frank. Thanks for reading and replying.

  3. Excellent post, Dawn. We were made for adventure, and in marriage, a shared adventure in knowing God and learning about Him through our relationship. I appreciate Allender’s quote. A reminder to have courage, seek out the unusual, and to look for God’s presence and leading as we go. He has made us to go out and discover. Good stuff.

    • Thanks for joining the conversation and offering your perspectives, Bruce. Don’t shrink back from all the adventure God has planned for you, and enjoy the ride!

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