Last weekend, Eric (my husband), took me for my second ride on my dual sport motorcycle. (My first experience riding is posted under Driving Knowledge.) This time I drove down a gravel road.
My boys are better riders than I am. . . . But I’m getting off track.
And that was my riding problem. I found my bike dancing on parts of the gravel, unsure of which track to take at times. Eric calls it wandering. (Don’t worry, Mom, I didn’t crash. I just felt like I might.)
I learned the following tips when caught wandering:
- Don’t fight the bike as it moves. Speeding up helps. (I kept slowing down, which made it worse.)
- Pick your riding line, (more compacted car tracks), in the distance and follow it. (I wanted to look down.)
- Keep your arms relaxed, but firm. Don’t over-correct steering. (Pliers might release my grip from the handlebars!)
- Transfer weight to the foot pegs, like you’re going to stand up. (My position? Hunched forward; tight.)
- Lastly, don’t over-think it. (What does that mean?!)
Sounds like an accident waiting to happen? I know . . . but don’t worry, I won’t be riding near you—at least not on purpose.
If the following spiritual analogy wanders a bit from my motorcycle 101 lesson, I’ll be on track with my theme, right?
After Jesus fed the 5,000 plus people on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, He sent His disciples ahead of Him by boat across the lake so He could spend some time alone in prayer (Matthew 14:22-32). Several hours later, the disciples found themselves caught in a storm and tossed about by large waves.
It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. – Matthew 14:26, NIV
Jesus said: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” – vs. 27
You know the rest of the story. Peter said:
“Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
I imagine Peter experienced a fair amount of wandering as he got out of the boat and walked toward Jesus on the water.
But to his credit, he got out of the boat.
Look to Jesus
When Peter’s vision transferred from Jesus to the surrounding high waves, he panicked and began to sink.
But to his credit, he reached out to Christ, the only One who could help.
Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ He said, ‘why did you doubt?’” -vs.31
When we become serious about following Christ and join Him in His kingdom work, we will eventually run into some rough places. Although the disciples lost sight of Jesus, He did not lose sight of them. Recognizing Jesus’ presence is the cure to fear.
When we find ourselves wandering, let’s look to Jesus–not our inadequacies–or we may also despair and sink.