But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God” (Psalm 31:14, ESV).
When you and I falter in our journeys with Christ, how do we make the wobbling stop?
Last weekend, Tim and I went on a combined business and romantic retreat. A bit of R and R for a day or two. Between business sessions, we rented a tandem bicycle at the local sports center. A flood of memories rushed through me as I climbed onto the back seat of the double-seated bike. Tim and I used to rent tandem bikes in the early eighties in Eugene, Oregon when we were in college. We traveled miles to parks on the outskirts of town, where we picnicked in sun-bathed fields of mint and wildflowers.
Saturday, I climbed onto the back seat of the tandem. As we took off, my muscles trembled and I was sure I was going to tumble across my handlebars into Tim’s lap. On the couch in our rental home, maybe. But on a bike careening around steep, curvy hills, no way.
Here’s what I learned from the ride:
- The tighter you grip the handlebars, the more the bike wobbles. I had a limited view of the pavement ahead of us. I figured white-knuckling the experience would help steady the bike. Nope. The harder I gripped the handlebars, the more I shook. The more we shook.
- When fear tries to take the upper hand, we need to focus on communicating more often and more clearly. We developed a system. To get going after a stop, we called out, “Scooch, scooch, scooch, go!” And when we prepared to halt, Tim called out, “Breaking! Coast!” We gradually got into sync.
- As we coordinated our movements, Tim’s ability to take hills and corners earned my trust. I relaxed. Bingo! The bike steadied. We were able to finish a four-mile ride and return in good shape—the bike, that is. We were both a little out of shape, but shared good-natured laughter and made a fun memory along the way.
I figure our journey with Jesus is just the same. The more we try to take control, the shakier things get. When we talk it out with Christ and our families, we dispel fear. And the deeper we trust, the steadier the journey.
Friend, what helps you develop trust when someone else is driving?