Things Are Not As They Appear

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

2 Corinthians 5:7

If ever there was a time in our country where we needed to walk by faith and not by sight it is now. With COVID-19 wrecking havoc as many cities and businesses are on lockdown. People are fed up, tired and sadly for many, they have given up hope. Then top it off with one of the most hotly contested presidential races in American history, the division in the United States between the two parties has never been further apart. I understand and my heart goes out to you if you are struggling. Doctors agree that one of the best stress relievers there is available is laughter and with that in mind I want to share with you a cycling joke. I love all things bikes and this following cycling joke reminded me again in a humorous way that things aren’t always as they appear so we need to as the bible instructs us be slow to speak and even slower to judge. The story goes like this...

“A guy named Bill (dedicated to my friend and cycling buddy) decided that he was going to ride his 18-speed Specialized road bike from one city to another. He got as far as the mountains when it just became too much and he could go no farther.

He stuck his thumb out, but after 3 hours of failed attempts he hadn't even got a single person to stop. Finally a guy in a Corvette pulled over and offered Bill a ride. Of course, Bill’s bike wouldn't fit in the car so the owner of the Corvette found a piece of rope lying beside the highway and tied it to his bumper. He then proceeded to tie the other end of the rope to Bill’s bike and told Bill that if he (the corvette driver) got going to going too fast to thumb the bell Bill had on his bike and the corvette driver would slow down.

Everything was going along fine for the first 30 miles. The suddenly out of nowhere, another Corvette blew past them. Not to be outdone, the Corvette pulling Bill on his bike took off after the other corvette.  A short distance down the road, the Corvettes, now side by side were both going well over 120 mph, they blew through a speed trap. The police officer noted the speeds from his radar gun and radioed to the other officer waiting just down the road that he had 2 Corvettes headed his way at over 120 mph. He then relayed, "And you're not going to believe this, but there's guy on a 18-speed Specialized road bike ringing his bell wanting to pass."

That joke makes me laugh every time I read it and it just goes to show you that things really aren’t always as they appear. The good news though if you are a follower of Jesus is this. For the believer things are actually better because than they appear to us in the moment as no matter what you are going through, no matter what is happening in your life today, God is working on your behalf behind the scenes to bring you to a glorious end. It may not look like it or feel like it but He is. So hold on, keep pedaling and enjoy the ride!

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Romans 8:28-29


Michael Osthimer





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