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Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 9: With Wind comes Wisdom (we hope)

In light of our previous blogs this one will have a different tone. As we set out for Page, AZ we were met by a headwind (for the 3rd day in a row). When we were riding I looked over at Christian and he said, “I can’t believe how far we have ridden, I remember when I used to think driving to Lake Powell was far”. Wow, have our perspectives changed over the last week. With every mile, more like foot of today’s ride we were challenged by gusting headwinds. As some of you know a headwind while riding changes everything. It not only drains you physically but also mentally and spiritually. You constantly have to hammer down on the pedals leaving your feet aching and your body and legs drained. Downhills turn into mountains and climbs turn into Everest. As we sit around the campsite we began to talk about how we assume we should have a tailwind everyday. It’s as if the conditions are not correct unless the wind is behind us. Who are we to assume a tailwind everyday? Maybe this tailwind is teaching us or preparing us for something? Perhaps God is preparing our bodies to climb 11,904 ft in elevation through the Rocky Mountains? Who are we to fathom or know what we need? God knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Or perhaps we are learning about constant pain. People living with diabetes never get a break. They are constantly having to check their blood sugars and monitoring what they eat. There is no “tailwind” for people living with diabetes.

Proverbs 3:5&6

-Trust the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Even though today was tough, our country is still beautiful. Here is a sketch of Glen Canyon Dam by Nate Martinez.


katheryn said...

It's good to hear that you're all looking at what lessons can come from difficulty, and not let it bring you down. Keep working hard! God will continue to use whatever means are necessary to grow you.

Dorene said...

Keep pressing on guys. Our God is with you and behind you. That tailwind will come at a moment when you need it the most. God knows what you can handle and has given each of you the ability to go this far. Your right Christian you have gone far and our prayers are with you as you continue on your adventure. May the Lord continue to give you the patience and determination that he has given you to continue your journey. Prayers to all of you. Nate, you made me cry seeing your drawing. You must be loving God's beautiful nature that he has put out there for you guys to behold and marvel at. Not only is this a trip for Diabetes, but also a self lesson for each of you of the awesomeness of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God be with you.

kasdomen said...

thank you for your example and for sharing your hearts.
Praise the Lord for what you are learning.

chris said...

Thank you guys for the encouragement today!!!

Praying for you all!!!
Keep Pedaling!

kellie said...

The lessons you four are learning are so impacting. It was hard not to tear up reading this. It is SO true, people who have diabetes NEVER get a break. For these 51ish days, you boys are being challenged and uncomfortably stretched in every sense. You are learning. These are the moments that you will be able to use to speak to the lives of others. Keep pressing on! So, so proud :]

Uncle David said...

You four have the fortitude,courage and determination to face and overcome these obstacles. It's a testiment to your commitment and faith in the Lord that you continue on. Ride safe guys...our thoughts and prayers are with you.