Yesterday, I rode a bicycle to town with my teenage son, Jonathon. He was confident in me all the way. My younger teen, Samantha, was not so sure I’d make it back home.
You see, even though I spent much of my childhood on my bicycle, it has been at least 18 years since I have been on a bike ride of any significant distance–and three years or so since I have sat on a bicycle at all. The ride to town from our house is about 10 miles of hilly, country roads, round trip. At least, all but our long driveway is paved!
Samantha graciously hooked me up with her bicycle, helmet, and water bottles–and her babysitting services. Jonathon prepped the bikes and filled the bottles, and we were off with a prayer.
Along the way, it became apparent to me that bicycle rides can be a lot like life. Over the next few posts, I plan to share some of the lessons I saw. See what you think…
#1 Things get easier with practice.
Yesterday, I felt like a child learning how to ride my bike for the first time all over again. I was eager, but a bit nervous.
My first challenge was getting on the bicycle in the first place; and I quickly realized that, while it may be true that you never forget how to ride a bicycle, it is also true that skills get rusty with lack of use. I decided to walk my bike down the steep descent of our rocky driveway.
As the drive leveled out a bit, I mounted the bicycle and I was off. In case you did not know, slight slopes still encourage acceleration. Before I knew it, I was flying along at a bit of an uncomfortable pace, my eyes jiggling out of focus, my hands gripping the handlebars, praying I would at least stay upright.
Needless to say, I was very grateful when we finally turned onto the paved road at the end of our driveway!
By the time we arrived at the post office in town, though, I was feeling much more comfortable with my balance. On the return trip, I actually kind of enjoyed the gravel driveway’s change of pace–although, I did end up walking back up the steep slope at the end. I guess that’s okay, since Jonathon did, too. 😉
How many times is life like the bike ride? We may be uncertain about our ability to conquer a task or trial, but push off with a prayer and press on! Things do get easier with practice–even overcoming difficult temptations.
This story is not over…Be sure to watch for more Bicycle (Life) Lessons!
~ What difficult task has the Lord helped you to conquer? Tell us about it in the comments!