Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Open Road ... Narrow Path: RIDING THE WHITE LINE

Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy, do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear … Isaiah -13

Can I tell you a little secret? I dislike road biking a lot. Honestly, I prefer off-road rough trail to smooth road. Why you ask? On the road I can be hit by a car. The dilemma road biking creates troubles me: a little white line is the only barrier separating an unassuming biker from a distracted, preoccupied or agitated driver. And to complicate matters, the driver may not be the only participant distracted or preoccupied. I often use time on the bike as time with God. Can you begin to see the depth of the dilemma?

Because of these disconcerting prospects, I have established a few prerequisites to biking on the city streets: there must be a bike lane, no riding during rush hour and choose residential or rural routes wherever possible. Controlling the driver’s attentiveness however is still the unresolved essential burden weighing heavy on my decision to go on-road or not. How do I manage the fear?

How does God ask us to manage everyday fears? How do we step out our front doors each day knowing there are people acting in ways we cannot control? Let’s look at what God’s Word says about how we can permit fear to protect us but not imprison us.

God is always with us. Therefore, He is monitoring fearful circumstances.
Psalm 23:4 I will fear no evil, for you are with me
God protects us. Therefore, He is always at work on our behalf.
Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
God delivers us from our fear. Therefore, trust in Him.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Seems easy enough, right? Allowing God to deliver us from our fear by trusting in Him to always be with us and protect us imparts peace in to disconcerting circumstance; but only if we willingly choose to. He I can trust. A distracted driver I cannot. So, on the mornings I clip in to my bike peddles I can rest in the shadows of the Almighty and go about singing “wheee!” I am not to allow the imagined conspiracy to keep me off the road instead I’m to ride prayerfully knowing He is with me.

Other posts in this series: Open Road ... Narrow Path