Pushing everyone towards a bike ride yesterday was a challenge. The negative reasoning came from all directions.
“It is too cold.”
“It looks like it is going to rain.”
“I do not like riding by the Thames.”
“Your rides are always too long!”
“There is nothing to see or do on these rides.”
In the end, the new route Carli and I scoped out won the day and off we went! We covered old paths and discovered new ones. We navigated our way through a few small bits of traffic and found the less traveled road. It looked for a while like this trip was going to end up as a dead end road on private property, but the map was true!
The feedback was quick and direct.
“That was fun, lets do it again!”
“Can we go back the same way we came?”
“Does anybody else know this path exists?”
“Can you help tie my shoe laces so we can leave?”
“This is cool. I want to come again!”
I wonder; do I have any idea just how strong my assumptions are in my journey? I think I can tell what will happen given the conditions today. I know what every player in my life is going to do, even before they have a chance to do it and including God. I see all the hurdles ahead, am able to size up the mountains days before they arrive. I know because I remember and connect. I think I know because I am standing strong and ready. I wonder; do I have any idea just how wrong I can be in my assumptions?
Paul talks about the relationship we have with God. His words consistently surprise all God seekers. We cannot believe God would really be like this. We know what God can and will do; our assumptions are true!
“That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means.” (Romans 6.5)
I am putting aside my assumptions today to discover a new path. Yesterday’s ride was a lot of fun! Today’s ride will be even better!