Surprisingly, the title isn't as it sounds. I didn't fall from my bicycle...literally.
Today, I got back on my exercise bicycle for the first time in three months. This is the longest that I have not been on a bicycle of any kind since right after my mother passed away in 2012.
I had good reason! Well, I thought so anyway. I dislocated my little pinkie toe the first week of March. If you have ever done that, you know how painful it is to even walk, much less ride a bicycle. I figured I would heal up, then jump right back to where I left off.
As I began to heal up, I kept postponing my return to the bicycle. I didn't have time, or wanted to wait and ride my road bike, or.....the "ors" just kept coming.
Then, about two months ago, I was plagued one morning with a knot in my back, and what would be suggested as a pinched nerve in my neck. That excruciating pain is still with me today, even after months of chiropractic and massage therapist treatments. Makes sense that I hadn't gotten back on the seat, right?
Well, today was finally the day. I have lost a few pounds over the past month, and decided to get back in gear. The first few minutes weren't bad. My bike has a "warm up" mode for the first four minutes. I got through that without a problem, or even a sweat. Then, as I am reading a book, I thought to myself..."man, how long have I been riding? It seems like twenty minutes should have gone by surely..."
what did I do? I looked at the computer read out, "7:41" was the time remaining...until the final four minute cool down mode. "2.61 miles." I can usually ride that with my eyes closed! But not today. I was worn out already, after just 8.5 minutes of riding!
The story doesn't end so bad. I ended up with 6.1 miles ridden. I am already feeling it in my legs, and my breathing is helping me to recover.
What does all of this have to do with what God has done for me?
Romans 3:23 says that we all will fall at some point. Maybe not a fall from a bike, but more so a fall into sin...away from God. The challenge to get back up and get back where we should be...well, that is our challenge. Just as I made excuses to not get on that bicycle, we all make excuses to not turn back to God when we fall short often.
The Bible also says that God is "longsuffering" and "not willing that any should perish." Yet, when we "fall off," we turn our backs to God...and seemingly, from my studies, He also turns His face away from us in that separation. He will "never leave, nor forsake me," but, in. my sins, I am separated from Him.
After entering 90 days of zeros in my personal exercise journal, I finally entered my mileage for the day. It didn't make a dent in my total miles,projected miles, or my daily average; however, it did increase all three numbers respectively bringing me back closer to the goals that I have set before me. With a positive number, the measurements were no longer down sliding.
God is still there, even in our down sliding times. He will bring us back up. It probably won't happen over night, but the weight of sin lifted is certainly a positive that stops the decline.
How about your spiritual life? Are you riding along positively...or have you fallen off of the bicycle? If you have...it's time to get back on it!
1 How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? 2How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mineenemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest Isleep the sleep of death; 4 Lest mine enemy say , I have prevailed against him; and those thattrouble me rejoice when I am moved . 5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thysalvation. 6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13