Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about.

Jeremiah 33:3 (GNT)

Rusty, our curious Havanese dog, was never so excited as when Mark would say to him, “You want to go on an adventure?” That word, adventure, was magical to him because he knew he was going somewhere new and it would be fun. He was immediately at the door, ready to go.

I was reminded of his reaction when I read a devotion this morning by Jennifer Camp entitled Getting Comfortable with Adventure. She asked whether I was willing to go on an adventure with Jesus. That question brought me right into the middle of my life today. Dealing with grief is a new path for me — at times both unknown and scary. But I want to move into it and have the same excitement that doing something new can create.

I am learning that there is healing that needs to occur in me to be able to run fast and hard like I used to do. My heart, soul, and mind have been bruised and the comfort for each part of me comes from Jesus. He knows the ravages of death and understands my questions and confusion.

However, I am encouraged because this verse tells me there is more to come, things that I have no idea about that are out there…and they are wonderful and marvelous. The path will be new but I am not alone.

Give me “Rusty-enthusiasm,” Lord.