Risk-Taking…

I think risk-taking is a great adventure. And life should be full of adventures. Herbie Hancock

Meditation: My twin daughters each choose what they want to do for their birthday. That is why we always have two birthday events each year, celebrated on different days. One is going for a sleepover this year, on the actual birth date. The other wanted to go “for an adventure”. And so today, we packed up snacks and drinks for a picnic and drove to Lake Allatoona. It was raining just ever so lightly. Not many people were out, even though the air and the water were “end of July warm”. My girls and one of their friends climbed up the slippery ground and walked on an uneven path through the forest. They made their way down to the lake. There they found a tree that could hold them. They would swing and let themselves drop off the tree and jump into the water. This is absolutely not what my urban girls are used to! They all loved their nature adventure. Even though backs got scratched and bruises were obtained, there were no regrets. With bright sparkling eyes my soon to be fourteen year old said to me when returning to the car: “Mom, life is an adventure” I smiled. “Yes, it is”…

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for all adventurous moments in life. Thank you for adventurous people. Thank you for Your Spirit that nudges us to try something that we have never done before. Thank You for the joy that comes when we risk being vulnerable to new experiences. Thank you for healing our “scratches” and for catching us when we are sinking. You are an amazingly adventurous God! And we are grateful. Amen

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt? Matthew 14:30-31