My Greatest Adventure (or What is Better Part #2)
I was starting to secretly hate walking through the sign section of Hobby Lobby reading all of the "all love stories are good, but ours is my favorite" and "You are my greatest Adventure" signs and frames. Ugg. I wanted that, to share a story with someone. Every time I'm faced with a big life change or something happens that really impacts who I am as a person I struggle with longing for someone to see it. To know me. I long to be known in the before and after, in the writing of the story. To share the heartache and the adventure with. This summer as I walked another big life change alone, I began to contemplate this adventure thing again. I had always wished my husband someday would know me in the season of life I just leaving because it was such a big part of the formation of my story. (As the previous moves and seasons had been.) With each move, each job change, new friendships and ministry, came unique adventures and stories to tell and live.
And here I was moving on again. It wasn't that I didn't have supportive family and friends, the longing was more for the intimacy of sharing all of one story with one person. Being more fully known in all my parts and pieces.
As I began to think back through all my parts and pieces, the Holy Spirit showed me something about my story. He knew every bit of it. Oh course I "knew" that in theory, but for the first time my heart saw it all. He was the one who was there for every change, every move, every tear, every wall painted and every quiet moment when my heart sang. He held that deep intimacy for me. I was fully known. And He is my Greatest Adventure.
Someday maybe a guy will join me in the adventure, and if that is the case, marriage will be an other adventure that the Lord and I will embark on together. This is the key - each relationship role we live out, each move, each chapter in our story, is the chance to walk through a different adventure with the Lord. He's the foundation. This blog is part two of 'What's Better? Singleness or Marriage?' where I answered one of the questions posed by a student in our discipleship school. Can we know the Lord better if we are single or if we are married? The answer to the question is yes. Yes we can always know Him more if you are single AND if you are married. His love for you and His invitation to know every bit of your story stands the same in every adventure, challenge and blessing you walk through. He is not just my greatest adventure, He can be yours too.
"My Greatest Adventure" is Day #15 of "In Deep" a 31 Days Series