Motorcycle Lessons of Faith
A car jumped out in front of us while on the road this weekend. It was a beautiful day and we thought a motorcycle ride was in order. If I was driving on four wheels, it would’ve been bad enough, but a car cutting you off (from my vantage point of the back of the motorcycle) is completely frightening. I don’t know what my husband felt about it, as the driver, but I’m guessing my perspective from the place of least control was different. You see, I was on the backseat and had zero control. We survived!, but once we arrived at our destination and I told Dorothy Gates of my experience, she joked that I should write about my “motorcycle lessons of faith”, so I am. Every ride, I am reminded that GOD is ultimately in CONTROL. I may have already known this about myself but I rediscovered that I like to be in control. I want to know the details and outcome of every circumstance. I want to know how all the characters in my life will react. And I want to have a plan to fix it all. From the back of the motorcycle, though, I have NO control over what happens. At best, I help not to cause an accident by staying calm and not distracting my driver. Sometimes I help by pointing out a deer on the side who might be considering the run across the roadway but not much else I can do. During those rides, my FAITH is strengthened. I find that being on the backseat of that Suzuki is a worship experience. Besides spending my time there praying for safety, I am soaking in the beauty of God’s creation. All this rain lately has enhanced the color and vibrancy of the greenery. I can’t capture all the creation details but I can take in the peripheral beauty and it is lush and majestic. I feel enveloped by its soft embrace even while braving the elements of trucks, rocks and potholes. During these times especially, I must TRUST fully in GOD. I am very exposed and feel vulnerable. I find my spiritual experience on a motorcycle is similar to the feeling of the psalmist in Psalm 107:27b-30 “they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” God does that for me. When I cry out to Him in distress, even in circumstances that I bring upon myself, He provides comfort. He stills the storms of worry or waves of suffering. He guides me to that place of full surrender and trust in Him. Even without a motorcycle, He can do that for you too. In any circumstance you are facing today. Whether you chose the situation or it chose you, cry out to God and He will guide you to your desired haven.
By Major Lolita Sanchez