All this beautiful weather we've been having has had people out and about doing lots of spring-like activities including gardening, spring cleaning, and getting out the motorcycle for warm-riding days.
I had my first motorcycle ride about a month ago. Excited AND nervous, i got a few lessons before riding:
1. Do not get on the bike until driver confirms they are ready.
2. Wear a helmet. Anticipating an accident isn't necessary, but being prepared for one is good.
3. Don't mess with the driver while operating the bike. Doing so can distract the driver.
4. Relax and move with the bike during turns. Being too tense is not good for the rider or the driver.
5. TRUST the driver. You can't really see what's in front of you while sitting on the back of a bike, so holding on and trusting that you're in good hands is important for enjoying the ride.
Following ALL of these tips lead to the best and most enjoyable ride. When i thought about this a little more, i realized that my faith and my ride through life is much like my motorcycle ride.
1. When we wait for God's timing—praying about your next job, when to get married, forgive those who have hurt you, praying about healing ...—He confirms that we are on the right path. When we move to fast and get ahead of God (just like getting ahead of the motorcycle driver can tip the bike or cause injury), we put ourselves in a place of not being ready for what God has in store for us. Psalm 37:7 tells us to wait patiently for the Lord.
2. Waking up int he morning should not be started with anticipating a really bad day or worrying about tragedy. BUT we should prepare ourselves for whatever the day brings by covering ourselves with the blood of Jesus and by praying. The best way to prepare every morning? Read Ephesians 6:10-20.
3. i don't believe that God can be distracted and i believe He always stays on path. BUT we can still mess with God's plan when we get distracted and stray off the path. Adhere to the drivers guidelines and you will have a safe trip. Proverbs 3:6 says to submit to God and He will make your path straight.
4. God wants us to enjoy the life He has given us. We can't do that when we worry all of the time or cower in fear of the unknown. He lives in us and is so near to us, therefore we should relax in the joy of the Lord. God is with us during every turn in life. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
5. The one thing i dislike about motorcycle rides is that i don't have a clear view of what's straight ahead. The only thing i can really see is the back of a head. And just like i don't like being able to see what's in front of me or what's coming up, i don't like not knowing what's going to happen tomorrow, a week from now, or 3 years from now. BUT i know that God knows. We just have to trust the One who knows. Trusting Him and holding on to Him every day means that we just get to relax and enjoy the ride because He protects us, He loves us, and He guides us safely through life. Psalm 37 tells us that when we delight (and relax) in Him, He makes our steps firm.