If you would have told me that a child riding a bicycle could help me grow significantly in my relationship with God, I would have thought that you were stretching things a little too far, but that’s exactly what happened.
One morning, my husband announced that we were going bike riding and before I knew it we were at the local bike park. After determining what direction we would travel, we set off. I began to notice that my youngest son was having trouble riding his new bike. There was a steady stream of traffic down the narrow path and every time someone would zoom past my son, he would wobble and veer into the other lane. After quite a few near misses with the other riders, I slowed down and began to follow behind him. I guess I yelled one, “Stay to the right!”, too many because he demanded to follow behind me instead. We had a showdown. I wasn’t budging and neither was he. He tilted the scale in his favor when he said, “Mom, I’m just going to walk beside it.” I caved and let him follow behind me. After all, I wasn’t going to walk such a long way if I could help it.
Gradually, the whining and complaining stopped and to my surprise, he had made peace with his bike and they were functioning as one unit. Before long I was racing to keep up. I was amazed to see how much progress he made when he made the decision to pull away. He instinctively knew what he needed. Without the pressure and anxiety, he could discern what to do. It was like God was speaking to me that day through my son.
Just as few days before, I couldn’t shake the lingering feeling that God wanted more from me , yet I couldn’t discern what I needed to do. After seeing how my son resolved his dilemma, I knew in my heart that God was showing me that the only way to discern his will is to pull away from the world and lay all my concerns at his feet and be completely present before him in prayer and worship. There is not enough room in our hearts for the anxieties of this world and our heavenly Father too. Jesus says that the first and the greatest commandment is to love the LORD with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds (Matthew 22:37). Again, we cannot be divided between God and the cares of this world. Our Father simply wanted all of me and he wants all of you too.
Jesus revealed the ultimate goal of our full submission to God at John 17:21. In this verse, Jesus says, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” God’s will is for us to attain to oneness with Christ. In John 17:26, Jesus says, “…I will be in them.”
This doesn’t happen by happenstance. For example, David knew the importance of nurturing his relationship with God. He says at Psalms 5:3, “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice, in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” David knew that he could expect guidance, wisdom, insight, and answered prayers if he wholeheartedly came to the Father and indeed, so can we. Unfortunately, at times we imagine that we would be further behind if we took our focus off the chaos around us, but God has a way of pushing us even further ahead than we would have been without him. Isn’t that amazing?
Has God spoken to you through something that happened in your life and if so, how did it improve your relationship with him?