Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Old Testament: Genesis 42:18-28
Morning Psalms: Psalms 72
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8
Gospel: Mark 4:1-20
Evening Psalms: Psalms 119:73-96


I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.  Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant.
Psalm 119: 75-77

I love to ride my bike. Over the course of several years, I have trained and completed a few long distance rides for charity purposes. The coaches would tell us during training, “Ride your ride.” The message: Don’t worry about how everyone else is going along. Focus on your ride. When I would tell friends or co-workers that I was training for a 100 mile bike ride, people would often wish me luck in my “race.” “It’s not a race,” I would say, “It’s a ride.”

Several years ago, my son, an aspiring musician, wanted to attend a “coffee house” event where several of his friends were performing. As we were driving home, he was unusually quiet. When I asked him why, he responded that he wished he could perform in a similar place. He said he felt angry because he knew these friends to engage in illegal activities. It didn’t seem fair.

In an effort to console him, I responded that he would be rewarded in positive ways for his good character and that he shouldn’t deviate from what he knew was right. In the years since, I believe my son would agree; he has received countless rewards.

Recently, my younger son expressed his frustration over impatient drivers as he was navigating our truck along a busy highway one evening. I reminded him to be calm and not worry about the impatience of other drivers. He needed to stay focused on driving safely, not quickly. Being safe was more important. In both of those instances I was trying to tell my sons; Stay the course. Follow the path that God puts before you. “Ride your ride,” and trust in God’s judgments and faithfulness.

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