Our Great Adventure!

My very good friend asked me to partner with her and take part in CityChase Chicago yesterday.  It's kind of like Amazing Race with Fear Factor for one day in the city.  I was all over it!

As soon as it started, we had to get six out of eight scavenger hunt items in order to even get our list of challenges for the day.  As they read the list to us, one of them was grass stain, so I immediately hit the ground and rubbed my shirt in it.  The remaining five we had within ten minutes and we were off...

Letting my wise partner use her brain and smartphone, I just followed her lead and made sure no one was mugging her or she wasn't running into traffic while she told me where to go.  After two buses, we got to our first challenge which ended up being wheelchair softball.  After being nailed in the gut twice by my partner's rocket swing (who I could not be mad at since she got us there in the first place), we had to sit in an ice bath for one second per number of balls our partner did not clear over us.  We didn't even think twice - I ran over between two cars, threw on my bathing suit (covering the essentials), jumped in, jumped out, changed, and got on the next bus.

We ran into a bar before 11am, where there was trivia going on and since we both stink at that, ran right out to find our next challenge.  Armchair course - cool.  Done.  Next, crawl through a twenty foot tube full of crickets, dirt, and maggots while retrieving twelve cents.  Go, get gross, don't breathe, wipe off with wet bathing suit from ice bath and move on.  My partner was a little gun-shy going into this one, hearing from another racer what we were up for, but she sucked it up and performed quickly without hesitation!  You go, girl!

Some more of the challenges we were able to participate in were warrior tug-of-war, burrito making relay race, jewelry making while posing with waitress and posting to social media - to thoroughly embarrass yourself - as if that really mattered at this point?  And, singing karaoke at the top of our lungs with strangers in a car.  We ended over by The United Center, wandering around aimlessly, trying to figure out what our clue meant - knowing all the while that this wasn't the best place to just stroll while looking lost.  We made it to the pool to find specific hockey pucks at the bottom - enjoyed the chlorine to cleanse us of maggot dirt, got on the el, and made it to the finish line!!

We were awarded with two free Coors Lights, which neither of us drink, so we paid for our food and iced tea and just enjoyed not having to be on our feet for two hours.  And, the peace of being finished.

Why?  Why did we not at all care what goobers we looked like?  Or how disgusting we got?  Or the neighborhoods we wandered around in?  Or the pain we felt at times?

The prize?  Nope.
The lovely surroundings on the el and the streets of Chicago?  Nope
Looking cool in front of strangers?  Hardly.

We did it because we wanted to finish a Great Adventure.

That's how God wants us to look at life!
He doesn't want us to care what neighborhoods we have to go in.  He doesn't want us to care if we have to get a little dirty, feel a little pain, get a little tired, or embarrass ourselves.  He has a wild journey for us.  His prize is WAY better than ours was; but He also wants us to experience this wild ride NOW. And, He even gives us way cool people to experience this with!

A classic song by Steven Curtis Chapman sums it up perfectly:

"Saddle up your horses - we've got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God's Amazing Grace
Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other - This is The Great Adventure!!

Come on, get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons 
just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for!"