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A Bicycle Built for Two

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

The administrator of our church’s Facebook page recently posted a cartoon that was split into two frames. The top half showed a person riding a bicycle along a straight road with an almost imperceptible incline. The finish line was clearly in sight and the picture was labeled, “Your Plan.”

The bottom half of the cartoon featured that same cyclist, only this time the path was anything but even. Instead, it was filled with potholes, boulders, deep crevices, and other foreboding obstacles. This scene, which also ended with a checkered flag, was captioned, “God’s Plan.”

Therein lies the difference between fact and fiction, idealism and realism.

Many Christians are fooled into believing that once they place their faith and trust in Jesus, their lives will be nothing but a bowlful of cherries. However, for most of us, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the truth of the matter is that our lives often become more difficult as the enemy of our soul does everything in his power to distract and discourage us (Psalm 143:3-4).

Satan loves it when people focus on the temporal. Conversely, he hates it when they contemplate eternity. Those who do the former tend not to see their need for a Savior. Those who do the latter often wind up embracing Christ for salvation.

Don’t believe Satan’s lie. There is no such thing as “smooth sailing” in this life. On the contrary, life on this fallen planet is full of bumps and bruises. The difference is that Christians have Someone to guide and direct, comfort and encourage, protect and preserve them on this difficult journey.

Kind of like riding a bicycle built for two and having the Holy Spirit be the other Rider!

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

(See also Ephesians 6:10-18)

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