“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no security in what iis no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life and in change there is power. ”— Alan Cohen – Businessman
While on vacation celebrating our 20th anniversary, I drove a jet ski on the ocean. The first time I was on a jet ski about 15 years ago, I rode on the rear of the one Sherman was driving. This time, I said to myself, “I think I want to drive.” So, I signed us both up as drivers. For weeks I toggled back and forth in my mind as to whether or not that was a good decision. I’m not a speed-loving person in cars, and surely not in water. I can only swim across a pool, not an ocean. What if I fall off the jet ski and hurt myself, or there are sharks in the ocean? The negative possibilities seemed endless. When I got on the cruise ship I thought, I can just just go to the excursions desk and get my money back. I don’t even have to ride, I’ll just stay on the beach in comfort and safety. No, you can’t be a chicken, Sadell! When it became too late to cancel or turn back, I asked Sherman too many questions, Lol!. On the dock I watched as other groups got on their jet skis. When I saw how far out into the ocean they were going, fear started to rise. By the time we got into the training session the guide put me last in line because he jokingly said I looked terrified..and I was. All the other wives were riding. But there was a grandmother there driving her granddaughter for the second time in three hours, so I thought; if she can do this, surely I can…so I did…trembling. It wasn’t about how fast I would go, or about developing an expert ability to navigate the jet ski around turns and over waves— though you had to do that. It was all about conquering my fear, and I did that too. Jet skiing caused me to become more ADVENTUROUS – willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences; full of excitement.As I was on the jet ski in the last position struggling to keep up, I was filled with joy. i once heard Bishop Jakes say if you’re number 1 in a group from 1-10, you ‘re not growing. To become an 11…you have to be courageous and humble enough to sit in a room with 20’s. Just get into that next level room so you can learn and grow from people more experienced than you are. I was the last one in a next level jet ski room! I’m so grateful I reserved my place, didn’t cancel beforehand, or quit during the journey when at times I was lagging behind, even when it wasn’t due to my own failure, but the slowing of the 7;s and 8’s before me, The trainers gave us a guide called ‘the Chase,’(the Holy Spirit), who would get us back on track and in line so we wouldn’t get lost. That’ll preach.
In the middle of the Ocean, which they said was in the corner of the Bermuda Triangle (glad they said that at the end)...I had a singular thought about Peter from Matthew 14:22-33. Riding my jet ski in position 9 of 9, watching the wives clinging to the backs of their husbands, I said to myself over and over again…PETER was the only one to get off the boat. I reflected on the number of times the LORD has called me out to do something no one else was willing to do, and amount of time I’ve spent in TOTAL discomfort, often fear, and sometimes failure while doing it—and I was extraordinarily grateful. Via jet skis, God is preparing and inviting me to be even more adventurous.
Rabid explorer Christopher McClandless said, “
So many people live with unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a live of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit.”