Faked Out

Bike riding can trick you.

You crank along, mile after mile, and nothing much changes. You get lulled into the idea that it’ll always be like that.

Suddenly, your nice, smooth ride is interrupted by a flat tire. Maybe it was random debris, or a pothole, or a worn tube/tire. Whatever the cause, you were cruising along and now you’re not.

You’ll waste a bunch of energy on “I should have seen it coming.” And of course it’s good to be aware and prepared, but sometimes, flat tires happen and there’s nothing you can do about it.

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Uncertainty about the future is a big topic lately. But the truth…we’ve *never* been able to predict what’s going to happen.

In more normal times, when things are perking along without much disruption, we get fooled. Daily routine creates the illusion that we know, and can control, what’s coming.

A sudden illness. An accident. A virus. And we confront the reality that we don’t control the future. No matter how much we worry and fret about what we want to happen, we don’t get to decide.

The future is not up to you and me.

Doesn’t mean we should throw up our hands and stop trying. Just as a cyclist changes tires when needed, maintains proper pressure, and watches carefully for hazards, it’s up to us to do our best each day, where we are, with what we have.

We can do that in peace when we live in the truth that we can’t predict the future. Jesus stated it clearly: seek the kingdom and let God take care of the future.

I want to know when this will end, when I can go outside and when we can get together and ride bikes together and stand in a circle and raise our helmets in prayer.

I’m worried about the kids at the HOME OF HOPE. I want to know when their restrictions will end, when it’ll be safe for them to play outside and go to school.

Right now, it’s not for you and me to know. But I’m pretty sure Jesus isn’t worried about any of this. He’s holding the kids, and you, and me, safely in His hands.

Just like always.

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