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Spring BREAK

March 30, 2017

“Come on! You should do it too!” My family urged me to join them on the FlowRider.

“Oh, I don’t think so,” I responded.

“Come on! Don’t you want adventure?”

We had just boarded a boat for a spring break cruise. This particular boat boasted all kinds of features, including “the ultimate surf machine.”

With apprehension I joined my family in line. We would be some of the first guests to try this stand-up surfing experience.

When my turn came, I hesitantly stepped onto the trampoline-like surface. Water rushed over the inclined platform as a cruise employee named Dragonya helped me onto the surfboard.

“I’m going to let go now,” she asserted.

“Wait! I don’t have my balance,” I countered, feeling the surfboard wobble under my feet and my heart pound in my chest. “Please don’t let go,” I begged. “Please.” I clung to her arm.

She rolled her eyes. Then, ignoring my pleas, she pulled away and insisted, “I’m letting go.”

Bam! I crashed onto the wet trampoline, and a strange combination of numbness and pain shot through my arm. Then a wave flung me against the back wall of the FlowRider, where I stayed, grasping my left arm. It dangled by my side, throbbing and immobile.

When Dragon girl finally realized that I was hurt, she turned off the machine, stopping the waves from crashing against my injured body. Then she brusquely phoned for the medical team. They arrived with a wheelchair, and soon I was in the X-ray room hearing the cruise doctor announce, “Your arm is broken very badly in two places. It’s a spiral fracture and will require surgery when you get home.”

That was so stupid! Why did I do it? I chastised myself as I sat up in bed (it was less painful than lying down) in our inside cabin for the next two days until I could get a flight home. I really hadn’t wanted to, but I let myself get talked into it. And I placed myself in the hands of Dragon girl, who seemingly didn’t care if I had a bad fall.

Should I avoid adventure from now on? I wondered. Then I realized that adventure isn’t a bad thing.

Have you ever heard of Epaphroditus? The apostle Paul described him as “my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier” on his missionary journey. Paul told the people in Philippi that he was sending Epaphroditus back to them, “for he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he is ill.” Paul confirmed that Epaphroditus was indeed ill to the point of death. He continued, “Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ” (Philippians 2:25-30, NIV).

Epaphroditus went on an amazing adventure and risked his very life. But he knew that spreading the gospel of Jesus was worth it.

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