Luke 10:1-12 (NRSV)

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy  others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.’  10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’  12 I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

Acts 17:6 (NRSV)

6 When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers  before the city authorities,  shouting, “These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also,

DEVOTION – Nancy Johnson (Georgia)

Some of my neighbors park their cars on the side of the road at the crest of a hill.  Those who want to drive past them have to swing into the left lane, with no idea who or what might be coming toward them.  It makes driving in our neighborhood quite an adventure.

This example of lousy parking is actually a pretty good representation of our life in God.  Faith is not for the fainthearted.  We are asked to take a journey, without necessarily knowing where we are going or what might be coming toward us.  We are not given a map; rather, we are asked to trust that we are going someplace good.  The “danger” of this journey is unlikely to result in smashed fenders or broken bones, but it may well breach our comfortable lives.

We can’t envision all the possibilities that time and life may bring us, but faith can be exhilarating!  What God has in store for us is probably more breathtaking than anything we could come up with on our own.   I’ve always believed that the serious Christian life is for the adventurous.  The journey, if we’ve brave enough to take it, is never dull.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Faith calls for a sense of adventure!

PRAYER: Reassuring God, give us the courage to follow where you lead even though we don’t know what the journey will bring.  Amen.