Ready! Set! Go!
About 15 years ago, I learned to ride my bike! You may think it was a little late, in my 40’s, to be learning something like that, but it’s true. It’s not that I hadn’t ridden a bike as a child; it’s just that I had never ridden a bike quite like I did with Team In Training. What started out as a six-mile bike ride that left me thinking that was quite enough for one day, worked its way into riding 100 miles in one day. The goal was to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The plan was to train for five months to be able to do it. The end result was accomplished…not only once, but twice! It was amazingly difficult, but wonderful!
When riding up very long, very steep hills, I would repeat Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” The hills eventually became my friend, and the flat ground actually became boring. I loved the challenge of the climb, and the soaring down the other side at 35 miles an hour! I did have an incident on my first Century ride that I will never forget. A bungee cord that had been secured to the back of my bike came loose. It tangled itself in the gears of my bike, bringing the back tire to a sudden and complete stop!! Smoke could be seen coming from my back tire as the road wore through to the tube, leaving me with a flat tire. I think my snow skiing skills, and lots of prayers from others, saved me on that day as I skidded to a stop! It was truly a miracle that I didn’t go flying off my bike! But, without much delay, my tire was fixed, and my ride continued to the finish line! How does one go from riding a mere six miles, and feeling it is enough, to riding 100 miles in a day, five months later?...by spending a lot of time riding and with a lot of encouragement from coaches along the way.
As I think about that experience this morning, I think about Jesus’ parting words to His disciples…they were not to leave Jerusalem until the gift from His Father was given to them. What gift? …The Holy Spirit…their Coach...our Coach to this day! In the beginning, we don’t recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice, or His instructions. It all seems a bit foreign to us. But through the years, the Holy Spirit can become very familiar to us if we will do our training “rides” as we should- by spending time in prayer, and in the Word.
Riding 100 miles in a day means taking a simple thing we learned as a child, and doing it a whole new way as an adult. Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…but do I know the Holy Spirit? I never realized I could know bike riding so well. As believers, may we all say the same thing about knowing the Holy Spirit!
When Searching And Noticing the Divine, it is SO important to not leave our “Jerusalem,” ie: our homes in the morning, without seeking our Coach’s advice! We never know when we are going to blow a tire in the course of our day. But we can know Who will be there to help us if we do!
“Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised...
Acts 1:14 (NLT)