Falling Behind Without It

I lagged behind on our family bike trip, winded and working hard but never keeping up with the rest. I changed my gears. No help. I handed over the back pack I carried to my husband. No help. I pedaled, pedaled, pedaled and couldn’t even coast on the hills. Something was wrong. I questioned my capacity and my strength.

Paul came up behind me and said, “I know what is wrong, the air in your tire is low. Do you want me to go back to the car and get the pump?”

Go back three miles? No, I didn’t want him to do that. I’d just keep going. So I said, “No, I just want you to stay with me and not leave me behind.”

He rode along with me, but I still slowed us all. Up the trail he spotted a resort sign. “I’m going to see if they have a pump,” he said, and took off down that side trail. He knew I would never make it the 15 more miles without it.

With his help and tires at the right air pressure, my effort turned into enjoyment instead of a struggle.

I asked him, “The contrast is huge. What is the spiritual equivalent to a tire without air?”

He answered with a question, “Are you filling yourself daily with prayer and scripture study or are you going without it?”

“Yes,” I said, “but even when I am doing those things I can feel like I’m still lagging behind and not able to keep up emotionally and spiritually. Like in the summer when it’s so busy and I read and pray but don’t have as much time to truly ponder.”

That’s when I feel flat and don’t even realize it. And so I ask, what is your spiritual equivalent to riding on a tire without air?

1 Comment

  1. Ryan
    Aug 24, 2008

    Well, I couldn’t think of a better answer to your question than the one you gave. Pondering, for me, is that time when all my “spiritual efforts” actually pay off; that’s when I apply what I read, when it really sinks in, and when I really feel that the inspiration comes that I need to personally apply what I’ve learned.

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