Sunday, November 6, 2016

Give God the Glory

Yesterday, while waiting for my son and wonderful daughter-in-law to finish errands, I biked thirty miles on the Virginia Capital Trail. The fifteen miles out of Richmond were effortless. The route is stunning. I would possibly come to Richmond to bike this trail even if my beloved son and wife were not here! So many lovely surprises, like a little lake tucked away in a charming park.

I could probably do ten more miles out and still make it back before their errands are complete, I thought.
The angel on my other shoulder said, "No, that would be nuts. Turn around. If you have extra energy you can go for a walk later."

Praise God I listened to that second voice.

As soon as I turned around, I realized why the way out had been so effortless. I had had a very strong tail wind. But guess what? Now, after biking one and a half hours already, I had fifteen miles to bike back against a very strong head wind.

Not good.

Nonetheless, what choice did I have? God sent me a head-wind, and my mode of transportation was a bike. My options were: a.) sit down and cry, or b.) get on my bike and start pedaling against the very strong head wind.

I chose the latter. Not because I was brave, not because I was strong. Because I had to.

One of the interesting observations on my cancer journey is how many people tell me I am brave as I travel this path. I appreciate the encouragement, truly I do. However, there is not one iota of bravery involved. What choice do I have? I could curl up and die where I am...or I get on my bike and pedal against a very strong head wind. So, I appreciate the encouragement, but I give God the glory.

One way or another, I manage to arrive home.


1 Corinthians 10:31 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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