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Following a wild dream, off to hike in the mountains of Lesotho, I found myself drenched in sweat, bouncing along in the back of an 18-passenger van. People next to me kept stealing glances, likely wondering if I was lost. I was clearly out of place as a white woman (and foreigner) in a local “taxi,” heading to Maseru where I found myself to be one of one tourists. But, of course, I wasn’t lost – I was checking the glowing blue dot on my GoogleMaps hourly to make sure I was headed the correct direction.

Crossing the border, they stamped my passport without a word, and I felt a rush of accomplishment as I was greeted by a simple sign with the words, “Welcome to the Kingdom in the Sky.” After being on planes for over 30 hours and failing to find wifi in three countries, I had no way to contact my intended host and ended up at a convent with some nuns who took me in out of concern for my safety.

It’s in the wild and seemingly reckless adventures like those where I often find a richness in life that a quote from Bob Goff reminds me of. I would have shortened it, but I find the whole thing to be deeply inspiring. So here it is:

Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.”

I imagine He sees who we’ll all become, too, if we start RSVPing yes to His invitations and go after those things He’s made us to love. It’s not all planned out for us either, and that’s where most people get too nervous to take the next step. But know this: when Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way.

He says let’s go after those things that inspire and challenge you, and let’s experience them together.

There’s almost always something stopping us from really going after the passions and dreams that God has made us for. God made me to love India. He gave me passions for discipleship and mobilizing the global church. God showed me the importance of loving people specifically and put it in my heart to care for people in every city and country He brings me to. And now, He has provided an opportunity to see my dreams and passions realized in India!

Honestly, I don’t know exactly what it will look like. The bubbling excitement gets muddled with the fear of goodbyes, and I know that the joy and celebration will come with struggle and pain and mistakes. But I also know that I’m going on a new adventure and that God will be with me.

So it’s time. It’s time to RSVP yes to the dreams. To embrace the moment and take a step into the unknown. To experience the abundant life that’s been offered and realize some dreams. And maybe it’s even time to do things that seem a little wild and reckless.