Bicycle Theology: The Falling Down

REFLECTIONS

I knew that it would happen one day--no matter how hard I tried.

With the beautiful weather we've experienced recently, every afternoon for the past two weeks has included a bike ride. I've begun riding on trails and have enjoyed the serenity of being in nature. What has not been so serene are the challenging, rugged hills that I've had to climb on those trails.

This morning, on an uphill climb, I lost my balance and tumbled off of the bike. The bike, not wanting me to be alone in the fall, kindly tumbled on top of me. As I lay among sticks and pondered the best way to get up again on this incline, the words to an old contemporary Christian song by Bob Carlisle flashed through my mind.

We fall down.
We get up.
We fall down.
We get up.
We fall down.
We get up.
And the saints are just the sinners
Who fall down
And get up.

I had not heard the song in years and had never much cared for its repetitiveness. But today, the repetition took on a new meaning. Life is about the fallings & the risings. We sin, we repent, God forgives. We sin again. The cycle restarts. When we fall, whether literally on a trail or figuratively in sin, we face the reality again that we are dust--frail & completely human. But the beauty of falling is that we can always get up again through Christ our Savior.

In only two weeks, we will observe on Ash Wednesday that all of us are sinners who fail & fall. We will also celebrate that from the ashes of earth we are able to rise, to get up, to return to the trails of life because of God's great love for us.

Saints, remember that you are sinners. Sinners, recall that through Christ we are saints. Thanks be to God for his endless mercy.

in grace & gratitude,
Pastor Darian