. . . can stop our forward motion.
On a road bike with skinny tires we’re talking about the sharp pointy tip of a thorn, or maybe a tiny shard of glass. Could be a rusty sliver of metal. Things not seen can derail your progress. Do you have a plan for going on down the road?
We usually see the big things in life. We plan for them. We make detours. We go around brick walls, and brick buildings. We weave our way around waterways. But tiny unseen things can change the course of our lives. A cancerous cell. A virus. A fertilized egg. A look. A comment.
It could be a thought planted in your brain. By God. By Satan.
How do we do get ourselves back on course? How do we draw ourselves back into proper alignment? Some lean on their own understanding. Some lean on God. Some lean on the wisdom of others.
Picture yourself reading a book, holding it in your hands. Go ahead, put your hands up like a book in front of you. In your left hand are all the pages you’ve read. In your right hand are all the pages you have yet to read.
Now picture holding the book of your life. In your left hand is the written record of all that has gone on in your life. The roads you’ve traveled. The path you’ve taken. The family, loved ones, friends, colleagues, employers, and neighbors, who have in part shaped your life and who you are. The choices you’ve made. The decisions you’ve made. It’s all written in the book. In your right hand is the rest of your life. The pages are all blank. The roads and paths you haven’t ridden on yet. The choices and non-choices that will create the landscape of the remainder of your life.
It’s all about the choices you’ve made about how to handle those big things and those tiny things that come up as you ride down your road of life. What’s your plan for the twists and turns in your road of life? How will you get around the big boulders and the tiny shards of glass in the road? How will you negotiate the parts of your road where gravity is your friend and the parts where gravity is your worst enemy? How will you handle the wind at your back? How will you handle the wind trying to blow you back? Are you ready for the wet and slippery passages? What will sustain you in the searing draining dry hot times?
Who will you lean on?
Where will you turn for help?