Life’s Journey

black and brown bicycle wheel
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33

When I first started attending Concordia University – Wisconsin, I spent some weekends with my cousin, Collin, who lived south of campus. While visiting this cousin, we would spend our time biking around Wauwatosa. These bike rides with my cousin were never dull moments. My cousin and I saw some very cool places, as we talked about difficult times in our life. Even to this day, these bike rides remain some of my fondest memories from my years in college. As I recalled these memories, I realized our bike rides reflected much of our journey in life. These bike rides began by biking across a large bridge over the railroad depot going into Butler. This bridge was a rather steep, especially when you are guy like me from a flat, rural area in Wisconsin. First Corinthians 10:13 says “…God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” This verse is saying God is faithful to us all. Sometimes things in this life are difficult and sometimes we cannot deal with it on our own understanding. Therefore, we must rely on God to assist us to get through the difficult times, like when I had to pedal up these large hills. We cannot sit on the seat of our bike and expects to climb the hill. God is the one who strengthens us make it through our daily obstacles of life.

Now, the next portion of this bike ride relates to Matthew 7:13-14 which says, “For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” In my bike ride, once you rode down to the bottom of this hill, there was a split in the road where you can either continue straight as the four-lane road does or you can turn onto the quieter street. This four-lane road was flat and easy to ride on. But the road we took was filled with a couple bumps here and there. However, this was the road we needed to follow to get to our destination. This road is like how life will be. Life will have moments where we need to stop and carefully walk through it. While other parts will seem to joyfully fly by. Like the Matthew passage says the Christian life will not be easy. It is meant to give God the attention he deserves.

The next location was stopping at the Kwik Trip to satisfy our appetite. Jesus says in John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” By no means I am saying Jesus is Kwik Trip. However, I am saying Kwik Trip may have taken care of our appetite while biking. However, Kwik Trip will only temporarily feed us. To be satisfied forever, we must put our faith in Christ that He knows what he’s doing, and He’s our leader. All earthly bread is temporary. Which leads me to my final point. If you trust in the living bread (Jesus) you shall live forever. That bumpy road which you will have to take while here on Earth will one day lead you to your eternal home. In this bike ride home was my cousin’s house. In real life your home is in Heaven.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, as we progress through this journey of life, we ask you, O Lord, for guidance during these times of uncertainty and to remember gratitude in the good times. Remind us that this world is ultimately under your control and will remain in Your hands for all eternity. In Your precious and holy name. Amen.

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