Finding Adventure in the Commonplace

I haven’t blogged in while. I’ve thought about. I get occasional emails from WordPress saying they miss me. But I wonder, what do I have to say as I come and go from class, sit through lectures, and campout in the library with my laptop and pile of books?

Week 7 of the semester has come and gone. Midterms have hit. It feels like winter, but spring break is here. Life often seems like far less of an adventure compared to hopping on a night train in Vietnam and sitting on the back of a motorbike weaving through Hanoi traffic, but one last semester in Chicago consumed by theology classes is where I’m at, where I’m supposed to be. It’s easy to want to wish away the semester in anticipation of my next “adventure.” But aren’t we called to find joy in all circumstances to find the adventure in the commonplace? So where is it found?

Perhaps, it’s in quick hellos walking across campus,

exclamations of “Miss Kayla!” and cuddles from my favorite 2 and 3 year-olds at work,

laughing at a professor saying that Jesus is never a back-up singer,

digging a roommate’s car out of two feet of snow and throwing snow at each other in the process,

running around church in the middle of the night with a group jr. high/high school students and hearing about what the cross means to them,

conversations about life and the vast array of unknowns filling the future, and

gathering with a group of likeminded girls on a cold Friday night talking about faith and life with a glass of wine.

The same thrill as traveling around the world may not be there, but there’s beauty and joy nonetheless. Paul speaks words of encouragement in Philippians:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

In 42 days, I’ll find out where I’m headed next, but for now I strive to seek the adventure He has for me in today.

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