I went out on one of my training sessions on my bike today to prepare for my long journey coming later this year, and like most training sessions
out and about, God allowed me to learn a valuable bit of knowledge from Him again.
To start out, my ride consists of a short distance on the side of the 3 lane road that leads to the canal systems that run through the Phoenix Metro area. The canal system is where i really hit it hard and so as I’m riding today, I started off slower this time letting my body adjust and was just enjoying the ride, which a friend of mine, Dori brought up the other day by saying, “Todd why do you ride so fast for time every day; do you ever just chill and take it slower so you can enjoy it?”
When I read her comment, the huge “manly” competitor in me was like “why would I go slow? I must go fast as I can, as its about SPEED and Time!”
Well, at this point I have to say, Dori thank you and you were right and I know God was speaking through you that day and i learned that all too well today.
Today, God jumped my training mix and taught me a huge lesson as I was starting to push it and go full Todd speed, a massive head wind would come up and really made me work hard to get to the speed I’m used to, around 20mph ….I mean it was a huge wind!
I decided, alright, I’ll chill and ride a slower pace and enjoy the ride until the wind stops, and I totally kid you not…when i did the wind totally stopped gusting and the traffic lights were all in my favor when I hit the intersection of the path and the cross streets.
Well, being the person who I sometimes tend to be, I decided to keep trying to push it and each and every time the wind would come gusting back and humbling me, causing me to slow it up, going back to the consistent speed God wanted me to ride at. After approximately 20 times of challenging the headwind, I learned He was totally riding along with me and was wanting me to do it his way. And I’ll add each and every time I challenged it, the wind would get fierce and when I backed off it literally stopped!
After my long schooling from God, I sat back and learned my lesson. I rode at a good pace but learned to take sometime and enjoy the surroundings that I had never noticed in the area… and I’ve been training in for months.
It was so cool… the sky seemed bluer, I could actually hear the birds singing, the awesome desert smells were in the air and my time with God was literally out of this world.
My entire life I have always been competitive to the point that it held me back and it was always, “faster Todd faster!!!” Today, I clearly saw that with God I can have an easier much more complete ride, and learned Gods lesson for me was to just slow down a bit in all I do. I was actually smiling a lot and speaking out loud to him as we rode the canals.
It’s truly humbling to feel his love and knowledge overpower you when you let him drive and guide you, but you must have faith and trust in him to do this, so I say to anyone out there that’s going through whatever issues in life you’re going through, truly know that God has your best interest always in His heart….why wouldn’t he, as he MADE US.
God called myself to let go of everything I was doing and to create The Charging LIFE Project, which humbles me every day to work on and be part of, but to truly do what we are called to do, we need to take ourselves out of the picture, especially when it comes to the fights or conditions we put ourselves through in all things while we are here and just let God drive. Have faith and the belief to know he’s got this and you sit back and be the passenger.
Your life will unfold in such an amazing way I cannot even describe it in words.