Monday, August 21, 2006
Put A Helmet On
Tonight Emrie asked if she could ride her bike without the training wheels so I decided I would give her the first of many lessons.
Eager as a spring chicken, she strapped on the protective apparel, I disassembled the training wheels, and we set off for an empty parking lot.
She never quite got the hang of it but then again I never let go of the seat. I guess daddy was more frightened then she was.
But the whole process made me think of my relationship with God. For most of my life I've ridden with training wheels [and probably still do for all I know] but there are those moments in life in which God asks me to trust Him as he shakes off the supports and lets me ride. Like my daughter, I get excited and say, "Look at me!" but my humanity so often blinds me to the reality that God never let go of my seat. I thought I was doing it all by myself but I wasn’t. His steadying presence was so vital to my success.
I'm certain there will come a day in the not too distant future that I let go of Emrie's seat and watch her ride off into the distance. But I hope that's where the analogy stops. I pray that God will never remove his steady right hand from the back of my seat. I'm realizing with every pedal I take that I need Him more and more.
Posted by Chad Doerr at 9:49 PM