I am not an outdoors person by any means 🙂 I have nothing against outdoors activities (i.e. camping, hiking, kayaking, etc.); I’ve just naturally never been comfortable with such activities and don’t get much enjoyment from them.
However, the Lord has definitely allowed me to experience the outdoors differently by His Life and through His Life in my sisters in Christ. A few years ago, I went on a sisters retreat to stay in a cabin in the mountains for a weekend. With much encouragement from my sisters and an openness the Lord had given me, I experienced outdoor activities in a new, refreshing way. Everyday of the retreat, through every outdoor experience, I was becoming more and more comfortable with my new environment. The Lord was spiritually and physically allowing me to experience His rest, trust, freedom, and joy through swinging on a tire over a small creek, hiking in the mountains to a cave, climbing a treehouse, drinking from groundwater, and sleeping in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. This may seem minor to some, but this was major for me. I was on a weekend getaway with the Lord, and it was amazing and transforming. I had finally let go and trusted His life in me through these new experiences.
On the last day of the retreat, I had a strong desire to take a walk alone in the woods. I was taking in my surroundings while sitting on the back porch and without even thinking, I just got up and went for a walk without saying a word to anyone. The feeling was as if the Lord excitedly grabbed my hand to pull me forward and said, “Come here I want to show you something!”
While walking alone with the Lord in the woods, I found this one little blossoming flower in the midst of all the barrenness. Finding that lone flower encouraged me immensely in where I was spiritually at that time in my life. I had never experienced such serenity in Him in the most unlikely way for me–through being by myself in the woods.
My weekend getaway with the Lord gave me a new perspective on experiencing new adventures with an openness to the Lord. This openness allowed Him to share different aspects of Himself with me.
That thing that you said you would never do or that thing that you are greatly fearful of, when opening your heart to the Lord about it, it could be the very opportunity to know Him more and experience His Life in new ways.
Cheers to spending time with the Lord in new ways!