I grew up with a passion for adventure. Ever since I can remember, I idolized the concept of the “Hero” as portrayed on TV, movies, books and cartoons. I was big into Batman, and G.I. Joe. I was the kid that the Star Wars merchandiser originally targeted for their countless products. I dreamed about being a hero in my day-to-day play as I delved into realms of my imagination. As I grew older, this sense of fantasy and adventure developed further as I discovered the joys of reading books such as “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” The Bible also became alive as the ultimate book centered on adventures. Yes, I was naive. I thought it would be great to be in an adventure of my own.
I guess the old saying is true, “Be careful of what you wish for, it just might come true.” After two tours in Iraq, I went through some life experiences which many would classify as being an adventure.
I am amazed as I think back to those days in Iraq, just how boring adventure really is. Sure there were many moments of fear, but they were spaced out by endless days of routine and boredom.
It was during these days of boredom when the average service member would begin to be lulled into a false sense of security.
We became comfortable in our routine, and less aware of our surroundings. This would continue until something major happened such as a mortar attack, or an improvised explosive device detonating on our convoy and waking us up from our slumber.
What always amazed me after these moments was just how easy it was for us to forget about the danger and get back to our routine.
I guess there lays within all of us the desire to feel safe, no matter how false that sense may be.
The Apostle Paul warned us that our life struggle is “not against flesh and blood…but against spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) Life in general is routine and boring. We strive daily to overcome our boredom by immersing ourselves in various amusements, ignoring the fact that we are in the middle of an adventure called life.
Yet unlike the enemy we faced in Iraq, who reminded us of their presence by mortar attacks, our adversary in life is more than content to keep us in our apathy.
We are fooled into believing that our lives are in a state of peace we then neglect our spiritual fitness. It is at these moments of apathy, God often blesses us with struggles which make us aware of our need for him. To enjoy peace in our lives, both spiritual and physical, we must be prepared and willing to fight. If we are not, we will lose in this adventure known as life. There is only one consequence, when we fail in this adventure.