Devotional #335, May 10, 2020

Devotional #355
May 10, 2020
“Letting Go”
 
My granddaughter just told me that she learned to ride her bicycle without the training wheels.  I told her I was so proud of her and couldn’t wait to watch her ride by herself.  I remember learning to ride a bicycle.  My brothers took turns running beside me holding the handlebars and the seat, until we got up enough speed, and then they let go.  For many of the first attempts, I wobbled and ended up falling over.  But I do vividly remember the feeling of finding that balance, when it clicked, and I surged ahead, thrilled with delight.  
 
Faith is a lot like riding a bicycle I guess.  At first, we rely on old habits and our fears are in control, just like those training wheels.  We can’t move ahead without them, and we trust that they are going to hold us upright.  It is only when we finally agree to take them off, that we can truly learn to ride.  We have to put our old ways, our doubts, our fears, aside.  We must let Jesus run along beside us, holding onto us, giving us confidence.  And there will be times we fall….times we crash, times we want to just give up.  But sooner or later, it will “click”…we will find the wonderful balance that faith gives to our journey.  We will surge ahead, and be delighted to do God’s will, and to trust His promises, and believe His goodness.  
 
I continued to ride my bicycle…to school, in the neighborhood, all around town.  I loved the freedom it gave me, to travel and explore; to meet my friends and ride with them.  My faith is still like that old bicycle: it carries me in life, to my neighbors, friends, and around the world.  It gives me freedom from worry, let’s me explore God’s great wisdom and grace, and enjoy fellowship with my wonderful church family, as we ride along together.  I left my training wheels behind long ago.  And I love that feeling of letting go. 
 
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4