Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
I removed the training wheels from my son’s bike for the first time. It only took about an hour before he was flying up and down the driveway, but the first forty-five minutes of that hour I spent standing next to the bike, arguing with him. He was adamant that a bike simply would not work with only two wheels. Science and gravity and child-logic were all against it.
The last fifteen minutes were spent climbing—full of doubt—onto the bike. I pushed him around the yard until he was up to speed. A bit later, he made circles around us yelling, “It’s like I have extra legs. Two legs to pedal and two legs I can’t see, holding me up. It’s easy.”
I think about that moment now, years later, and as a mom, how proud I was of his accomplishment. It reminds me of a joy-filled afternoon. But I also think about how the lesson applies to life in general. I worry, fret, and decide things won’t work. Science and reason and adult-logic are against them.
How many times do we pedal furiously through life, sure we are about to topple over? Many people put their feet down every few yards, afraid of falling, and get nowhere. Our fear, our disbelief, and our inability to let go and KNOW we have two legs we can’t see holding us up, keep us from getting to our destination.
Just as the little child must learn the bike will work with only two wheels, we must know there is someone else in charge of our bike ride through life. We may pedal, we may turn the wheel, but our bike is guided by Jesus. If we believe, if we turn our bike over to him, then we too can cry out as we are caught up in the joy of life:
Believe. “It’s EASY!”
Sarah Stasik lives on a crooked mountain in Virginia with her husband and son. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Kid’s Ark, Penned from the Heart, and Standard Publishing’s Program books. Read Sarah’s devotions.