Peddling Keeps Us Upright

When I was younger, much younger I learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels.  I remember being frustrated as I tried something new.  I remember my mom or dad with a hand on the back of the seat to guide and keep me upright.  They were a great help.

As I grew up and had kids of my own, they too learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels.  I used the same technique of helping for my kids…. holding onto the back of the seat to guide and keep them upright.  I wanted to be a helper for them just as my parents were for me.

As they learned this new skill of riding along without training wheels, they too encountered some frustration. However, knowing they were capable, we were quick to encourage them not to give up and that we were holding onto the seat.

The interesting thing about holding on to the seat, is the rider has to have faith and trust the one who’s holding.  The rider can’t see that they’re being helped or held. Their eyes should be focused on what lies ahead.

This morning as I spent some time in Psalm 121 I noticed a few things:

  • He lifts his head to view the mountain – the obstacle that he needs help to conquer.  He faces it head on.
  • He acknowledges his help comes from the Lord and then he begins to list attributes of the Lord:
  1. He made heaven and earth
  2. He will not allow your foot to slip
  3. He who keeps you will not slumber
  4. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep (rest easy – no need for both of us to not sleep 😉)
  5. He is your keeper
  6. He is your shade on your right hand
  7. He will protect you from all evil
  8. He will keep your soul
  9. He will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.

As my daughters encountered a series of failed attempts while overcoming their obstacle of riding a bicycle, they experienced a short win, and then a longer ride and then an extended trip down the street. They realized that if they continued to peddle, the bicycle would remain upright.  There was excitement in the eyes of the helper! But the joy that came from the rider was beyond words! They had succeeded at something that a few moments before, beit minutes, hours or even days had seemed impossible.

Our lives can be like that as well.  Sometimes the obstacles seem as large as mountains. When we come face to face with something we can’t tackle on our own, may we call out to the Lord who created the heaven and earth.  He can move our mountains.  He is our help!

 

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When we view God in light of these attributes, our mountains become smaller. It may be difficult in the beginning but as we stay focused on what’s ahead and with Him holding our seat, we’re guaranteed to peddle our way to in an upright position.

 

 

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