A couple weeks back we took a walk in our neighborhood while James road his little tricycle and Joy road her bike. James, being the boy he is, was completely reckless on that thing. He paid little attention to the fact that there was a hill right in front of him, or gave much credence to the fact a car may be coming around the corner. On a side note, he looked like a little koopa troopa from Mario. What was funnier was watching Erin run after him, trying to catch him as she pushed the stroller. I was just a couple days out of surgery and was having a hard enough time walking so there was no way I was going to run after him.
Joy on the other hand was not having the best day on her bike. Some days she’ll do really well and some days she’ll just be scared to ride without help. One day she’ll do the big hill by herself and the next she will walk her bike slowly down the little hill. I think the biggest factor I’ve noticed when she does this is simply whether or not she’s ridden her bike recently. If she hasn’t been on the bike in a few days, she tends to be panicky and stressed over it. The next day I came home from work and she was so proud to tell me she rode down the hill all by herself- the same hill she walked her bike slowly down the night before.
In either case, the biggest thing, regardless of whether her fear was there or not, was that she kept moving forward. 2 Peter 3:14 tells us to “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him.” We all sin, Romans 3:23 tells us “for ALL have sinned…” So how do we keep spotless and blameless? We keep moving forward.
Just like Joy riding her bike, it doesn’t matter if we’ve done our devotions in a while and may be a little rusty or if we’re on cloud 9 with Jesus, we still need to make every effort. Keep reading, keep praying, and keep spending time with Jesus. Whether you’re riding along or walking your spiritual bike down a scary hill, make Him your first priority. The bigger concern isn’t whether you ride down the hill or walk down the hill but that you make it down the hill, hopefully without falling. And, even by chance if you do fall, get up and keep moving forward. Sometimes daddy may need to carry you, but keep moving forward nonetheless.
Make it a point to not allow yourself to be rusty in your relationship with Him, like Joy was rusty in riding her bike. Or, as Dory says in Finding Nemo: just keep swimming. just keep swimming.
Be blessed. Be a blessing