I recently looked out of the window and saw my group of humans sitting on a collection of round things joined by metal rods. Not only this, but they were using them as a form of self-propulsion. I was so taken aback, it caused my eyeballs to dilate, and I even did a spot of head-banging! I later discovered that this strange activity is known to humans as “riding a bicycle.” And I suppose that if you don’t have your own set of wings, then it’s the next best thing.
And then I remembered that Professor Albert Einstein once said that:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Our Christian journeys are just like that. And there will be times when we grind to a halt, and fall off. God and Jesus know that. Of course they do. It may be our own fault, or we may have collided with something in our path. But when we fall off, that isn’t the end of it. Far from it. All we’re asked to do is to stand up again, dust ourselves down, and then carry on. So that we propel ourselves towards God and Jesus and everything that they stand for. Towards love, truth, and compassion. Towards a reason. A purpose. A meaning. A direction. And ultimately, eternal life!
And all the time, the energy that keeps us moving is faith. Because faith is energy. It never stands still. It’s continuous. Faith is all about finding the answers to the questions and doubts that we harbour inside; about stepping outside the limitations of our five senses, so that we propel ourselves towards something that is much bigger, greater, and more wonderful than we can ever comprehend.
“Let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
So maybe that’s why humans sometimes say to one another: “On your bike then!”