Why Christians Could Use a Little Adventure
It all started, as I imagine many great adventures do, with a post on Craigslist.
"Ha ha ha, was airing out items on my fire escape, wind blew this gorgeous dress into the tree, I am moving and don't have the energy to get it out, originally priced at four grand. Backless classy dress. Bring some kind of pole to get it out, before it rains …"
I didn't have a pole, but I had a spear, a broomstick, some packing tape, two willing accomplices, very little money, and absolutely no shame.
My husband Joel has been trying to convince me to sell my wedding dress online this past year for money to put toward a trip to Europe - an idea we've always talked about, but will never be able to afford. An idea, despite my yen for travel, on which I am not yet entirely sold. (See the above wedding picture for an idea of what that dress looks like.)
Per his insistence before this most recent adventure, we piled into Joel's car with our friend Kristin, a souvenir spear (collected on a past missions trip), broomstick, and packing tape, and drove to Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. As we craned our necks for flashes of ivory in the trees above, we spotted it - right in front of the fire escape of the address I had saved in my phone. Joel threw the car in reverse and parked while I danced around the trunk of a tree that had a plastic bag caught in its branches. I had the wrong tree.
On second look, the dress was up there, lodged high in the branches. Joel shimmied up the bare tree trunk effortlessly as I marveled at the man who had married me. Then I taped the spear and broomstick together and lobbed it up to him. While he was jabbing at the dress and I was positioning myself underneath it, arms outstretched, I overheard a man ask Kristin if we were from around here.
The dress was his, he said, and he had bought it fairly cheap at a thrift store.
So much for the $4,000 profit we'd envisioned.
In his best-selling book Love Does, released this year, Bob Goff describes Jesus as a "man of adventure," like his friend Doug, who "was full of adventure and always had some mischief in mind." Doug had a pellet gun and was also friends with Jesus - Goff didn't think that was allowed.
Goff then decided to join Doug and Jesus on that adventure. He got to know God in new and unconventional ways: He pulled his kids out of school for a year to eat ice cream with world leaders; started bringing unheard cases to trial in Uganda because Jesus never told anybody to agree with him, but rather, to "go" (Matthew 28:19 NIV84) and "do" (Luke 22:19 NIV84). Being a lawyer, bringing cases to trial is what he does. Also, he snuck on to the set of a movie in Washington, D.C., because, come on, that's cool - except maybe for the part about how the movie was National Treasure: Book of Secrets.