Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him
How would you describe your faith walk? I describe mine as Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him.
God gave me this acronym years ago. I posted it on Facebook and forgot about it until I saw it again in my FB memories not long ago. It sounds cute and catchy, but what does it mean?
In the past, I have referred to life as a journey and I have heard other people do the same thing. “Life is a journey; it’s meant to be enjoyed. Slow down, take your time, and enjoy it”. When I think of a journey, I think of something that is well thought out and carefully planned. Then I look at the acronym, F.A.I.T.H, Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him. Well, I do believe my life is well thought out and carefully planned by God.
Jeremiah 29:11 (GW – God’s Word Translation)
“I know the plans I that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”
God created me with a specific purpose in mind. He also created you with a specific purpose in mind. Our true God-calling comes forth fully when we allow Him to lead us. We are going to encounter all types of things in our life-journey. Some of those things are good and some of them are not so good. When we experience the not so good, how can we call it Fantastic Adventures?
First of all, what are fantastic adventures? Fantastic is defined as extraordinarily good or attractive. Another definition of fantastic is so extreme as to challenge belief. An adventure is an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks. That sounds a lot like faith in God to me. When we put our trust in God, we take many unknown risks and the danger comes in when what we know or are used to is challenged. Sometimes we are overcome with the emotion of fear and back down or shy away from what God wants to do for us.
I have had many experiences that challenged what I believed. I went through a season in life in which I believed God could and would do things for everyone but me. I did not think I was good enough. I was still struggling with a lot of internal battles such as pride, anger, hatred and unforgiveness.
I remember purchasing tracks to hand out to people. They had Jeremiah 29:11 printed on them. Whenever I talked to someone that was going through a rough patch, I would whip out one of those tracks and give it to the person. All the while, I was longing for God to have a plan for my life. I was longing for Him to think good thoughts towards me. I wanted God to give me a hope and a future. I wanted to believe these things for myself but every time I turned around, I was failing in some area of my life. I made another mistake. I exhibited another bad attitude. Pride prevented me from asking for help when I needed it. I could not see and experience God’s grace and mercy for me because I allowed my situations and circumstances to cast a shadow over them.
What changed? One day I was reading my Bible and I had read Jeremiah 29:11 so many times before but this time it was different. I read it and it was as if the Holy Spirit got right in my face and said, “This is for you too.” I read it again and again. Finally, I began to say, “God has a plan for my life. God thinks good thoughts towards me. God wants to give me hope and a future. What happened on the Cross didn’t make God love me; what happened on the Cross happened because God loves me”.
Jeremiah 29:11 became my life scripture. From that day on, I have not stopped trusting God. It has not always been the easiest thing to do because I am a logical person. I had to and still have to fight many battles involving my ‘show me and I’ll believe’ mentality. I am able to be victorious over those thoughts because I purposely read the Bible to renew my mind. A transformation had to happen; it did not happen overnight but slowly and surely, I got to a point where the Holy Spirit would quickly remind me of God’s Word. When things get rough, Jeremiah 29:11 is usually the first scripture that comes to my mind when I have moments of doubt. I know that God has a plan for my life. Plans to prosper me and to give me a hope and a future. The acronym came much later but it is the perfect summation of how I live my life:
Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him
How do you get to a place of trusting God:
Read His Word every day. Use the translation that helps you to understand better.
Ask God to show you what is causing the doubt to come in.
Repeat Jeremiah 29:11 over and over. Replace 'you' with 'me'.
Remember God's promises are for you too. Now go live a promise-filled life!