13/07/2022 by Rev. Doug Walker 0 Comments
As seen in the HB and Village Voice
Those who attend Mountainside UMC know I’m a cycling enthusiast, or as some
may think a cycling nut! I average between 120 and 160 miles per week depending on
my schedule. I used to be just a runner, but the scenery seems to change a lot faster on a
bicycle verses just running.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into a single bike ride, and oddly enough it
begins the night before. I prepare my LED flashing lights by plugging them into the
charging ports on one of my computers, fill up the water bottles with some electrolyte
replacement drink, and I pack my after-ride clothes and pick out my cycling clothes,
commonly called a kit. My helmet, shoes, gloves, sunglasses, and tire pump are all
placed in the truck so I don’t forget anything.
Early morning rides just seem to get things going in the right direction. There
was a couple I rode with in the past, but they’ve moved so I do solo rides in the hills of
HSV. I try to stay off the main roads as much as I can to minimize any interaction with
early morning traffic. But you’d be surprised at the amount of vehicles on the road
before 6:30 a.m.! Safety and protection are very important.
This morning I was thinking how our daily spiritual walk is a lot like cycling.
Like my morning rides, our walk with God should begin early in the morning and be one
of the first things we do. As cycling promotes a healthier lifestyle, an early morning
quiet time promotes good spiritual health. As I lay my head down at night, I know I’m
prepared for the ride the next morning. We too should pray at the end of the day, being
thankful for the blessings and protection provided to us throughout the day and to prepare
us for tomorrow’s challenges. When I ride, I wear all the protective equipment I can get
on. When we pray in the morning, we should put on the Holy Armor of God to help us
fend off the enemy’s attacks. It would be safer to ride with others, just as we are stronger
when we surround ourselves with other believers. But if we find ourselves on our own
throughout the day, put on your Godly LED lights and make your walk with God
apparent to all who see you and hear you.
Cycling takes a lot of preparation. Our daily spiritual walk takes more
preparation and is more important than peddling the roads early of a morning. Pray, read
the Word, and listen to the Holy Spirit daily to prepare yourself for the pitfalls throughout
the day. If we do, we will complete the day and be in better spiritual shape than