Life's Adventure

A number of years ago I flew to Winnipeg to do some training. Classes would start Monday morning but connecting flights from the Peace Country were limited so I had to fly in on Saturday morning.

What to do for a day and a half in downtown Winnipeg?

Four significant and memorable things happened in that day and a half.

First, as I entered the hotel in which I was staying, a sign greeted me that gave directions to a marriage enrichment seminar being held there that weekend. Paul Henderson (Team Canada, 1972) and his wife would be key presenters for this event. I really didn’t expect to see him but on Sunday morning he and his wife came down for breakfast and sat right beside me! How cool is that!

Second, as I ventured into the retail area of downtown Winnipeg, I found an amazing establishment called “Aslan & Frodos”. I was in used book heaven. It was there I discovered that one of my favourite authors (Calvin Miller) had written a little-known trilogy similar to C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy. My kids still quote it and it is definitely still one of my treasures.

Third, as is my habit, I look for a place to worship on Sunday mornings. Most of the time I like to look for something that’s a little different from what I’m used to. It helps me keep everything in perspective and helps to widen my understanding as to how large and unique the church that Jesus built really is. I found a Mennonite church close to where I was staying called “The Meeting Place”. I really liked how they were stretching in order to serve their community.

Finally, on Saturday night I decided to go for a walk to see if I could find one of the churches I had hoped to attend in the morning. The address was on Main Street and as I ventured out it began to get dark. And, as most everyone knows, Portage and Main is well known for being windy and cold in the winter... and it was cold! Fear started to grip me as I walked alone. Many buildings were abandoned or empty. The street lights hardly gave any light. And then I saw her... a bag lady moving out of the shadows pushing a shopping cart with all her possessions. Not only that, but she had two very small children in tow! And I was too afraid to do or say anything. That experience opened my eyes and impacted me more than the other three.

How is that for an adventuresome day and a half?

Helen Keller said that “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all!” For someone who was rendered blind and deaf at age 19 months, that is almost unbelievable. Certainly she lived her quote!

Paul would agree with Helen Keller. He said, “Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective” (Col. 3:2 The Messsage). Life really is an adventure for those who have their eyes and hearts open to it.

So go ahead, with God’s help, open your eyes and live the adventure God has planned for you!