Tuesday, August 31, 2010

From a bike's point of view...

Lucy is finally here. She is home and we are going out together everyday to visit the sweet kiddos I spend half my days with. What a different view of my world I've experienced since she's arrived! I've suddenly been faced with the fact that I speed around in my car and never pay much attention to the little common, beautiful things I pass, as I'm rushing to wherever I need to go. I'm quickly (in the three days I've had her) learning to appreciate the time it takes to get somewhere and the fact that I may have to leave just a little earlier and enjoy a slower ride than I do in my car. Yet, going slower, actually seeing the sunflowers and their petals on the side of the road and not just little golden streaks from my car window, noticing that there are bees gently landing on each flower, hearing the wind russell through the corn fields, feeling the tiny drops of rain that sometimes fall sporadically from one tiny cloud on an otherwise sunny day, these are the things that I've learned to live without...not learned, just never known, because I go speeding around helter scelter with only the place I'm going in mind.

I went on a night ride a couple nights ago and found that there are definite patches of cold and warm air on our little country highways. I noticed that the stars actually do have enough light to just barely light the road in front of me. Noticing those stars then led to me thinking of how He has named them all and loved me enough to even make them twinkle and wink at me. He didn't have to do that, you know. They could just be steady little pin pricks of light in our vast sky, but no, He wanted them to sparkle and dance for our pleasure alone. Amazing thought! I noticed that the crickets are louder in some places than others and that there is a tiny little pond (which I've never noticed before) that is so loud with a frog choir, it was almost deafening. I appreciated that there are some places on this dark road at night that are totally silent. Silence is just as beautiful as crickets and frogs singing together, especially when the stars are lighting the silence with their own song.

The lyrics from Michael Card's song "Joy in the Journey" suddenly have meaning like I've never known before...and I'm learning it from a bike! As I sit and type out that last sentence I can't help but smile, because it just goes to prove that once again, my God cares about EVERY aspect of my little life and He will use the tiniest things, like a new bike, to teach me more of who He is and how He wants me to live my life. I truly believe He is a God that savors the smallest things and loves when we savor them with Him. For Jesus lived in a slower time and at a slower pace and I know that He loved the petals on the flowers He passed, He loved the winking stars and the singing crickets and frogs.

Lately, the Lord has been burdening my heart to know Jesus as the man who walked this earth, to remember that He was human, just as much as He is and was God, and that He had a personality and loved life to the fullest! He was a man of sorrows, but He was anointed by God with the greatest joy! He enjoyed the journey, for that was as much a part of His great victory on this earth, as hanging on that cross and rising again. He showed us what living looks like in perfection. He was completely and totally 100% poured out for the least of these, His heart broke over Jerusalem and the people He loved so much, and yet He loved life for the pure joy of being poured out for His Father! Oh, that we would know such a life, that we would know the victorious Christian life that is broken and poured out and so full of joy that it spills forth in a flood and soaks all those around us! No, this does not mean that we don't struggle, that we don't hurt, but it does mean that underneath all the pain and no matter what we face, there is always His joy.

So, today I would love for you to go away from reading this and want to slow down. Enjoy the journey, for it is in the journey with Him that we are truly fulfilled. This was my lesson from a little red townie bike that is in the hands of my God:-)

"You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."
-Hebrews 1:9

Joy In the Journey
There is a joy in the journey
There's a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey

And all those who seek it shall find it
A pardon for all who believe
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind

To all who've been born in the Spirit
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin

Forget not the hope that's before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost

There is a joy in the journey
There's a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey

And freedom for those who obey...

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