Bicycle Theology (Part 2)

Monday, January 10 @ 530PM: Board of Trustees (Fellowship Hall)
Wednesday, January 12 @ 3PM: Birthday Party (Fellowship Hall)
Thursday, January 13 @ 530PM: Child Development Center Board (Parlor)
Wednesday, January 19 @ 7PM: Men's Club (Fellowship Hall)

Some of the most extraordinary revelations come from the most ordinary objects. As seen in the last blog entry, I've spent some time on my bicycle recently. In fact, I spent so much time on it that the chain came off of the sprockets. I've known for a long time that mechanical engineering is not my forte'. So, after failing miserably to get it back on track, I called a friend who is a more experienced cyclist.

To help me become a better repairwoman, he asked me what I had done in my attempts to fix it. I showed him: pull the chain, put it on the sprockets, and then pedal backward.

He laughed and said, "Backwards? You have to pedal forward."

Seriously? I had grease-streaked fingers and a clenched jaw because of pedaling the wrong way?

I did as he said, and the chain popped right back into its place.

Sometimes we probably feel like the bike chain. We get off-track. We abandon our New Year's Resolutions by January 10th. We wander away from God. We forget to pray. But if we spend all of our time looking at our past mistakes, or "pedaling backwards," we'll never get back to where we need to be. We have to keep moving forward in order to get on the right track.

Frustration will abound as we look back. Progress will abound as move forward. Let us "forget the things that are behind and press towards what is ahead" (Philippians 3:13). God rides with us. And he's the best mechanic we can find for the trails of life.

grace to each of you,
Pastor Darian