August 2, 2017 – Pastor Brian’s Blog

Last Friday afternoon Judy and I went for a ride on our motorcycle to one of Judy’s favorite getaways in all the world…. a beach located on the Atlantic Ocean. On the way home we made a stop so that I could participate in one of my all-time favorite things to do…. eat!! We stopped and picked up a couple of lobsters, took them home and made lobster rolls out of them.

If you have ever ridden with your wife on the back of your motorcycle, you would know that it is difficult to carry on a regular conversation. Unless of course you do something wrong like miss an opportunity to stop and shop or she thinks you are too close to the edge of the pavement and then she communicates with her fists in your back.

But on Friday I must have been doing a good job driving as I got time to just daydream as we were riding. One of those random thoughts was this: “Why would Judy be on the back of this bike riding with me today?” If you knew me like Judy knows me, your first thought might be: “Judy, have you lost your mind!!”

I remembered when I was 16 years old and I went to get my driver’s license. Everything went great, the person that tested me was impressed with my ability to drive, and I did all the things expected of me with amazing ease. If my memory serves me correctly (Remember, when we get older and the memory begins to fade, we embellish!) the instructor said that in all the years that he had been testing he could not remember anyone that passed his driver’s test with such calmness and lack of difficulty.

Then it happened: I had only had my license for about 20 minutes and I drove my father’s car up an embankment, an embankment that was more like a rock pile, and took out the whole undercarriage of the car. Then there was the time when I was racing this guy home from work. It was raining, dark and I missed the corner and when flying through the air clipping a telephone pole half way up.

My first speeding ticket was for going 105 MPH and when the police officer clocked me, I was slowing down. Judy still remembers the day that we were racing a Corvette on our motorcycle on back roads going over 100 MPH. I still remember Judy telling me that she would never ride on a motorcycle with me again! That was just a few months before I would total that bike driving into the rear of a telephone truck, sliding under the truck with my bike and setting the bike on fire. So not to bore you with more of my stories I will move on.

From time to time over our 44 years of marriage when Judy did not approve of my driving she would remind me of some of those historic driving experiences that I had. And my response would always be, “But Judy, I have never had an accident with you!” Then it happened, a few years ago, I was driving in 4 lanes of traffic, Judy was hungry. I had this great passion to meet that need in Judy’s life, (well to be honest I was hungry too) so without hesitation I turn left and a car hits the front end of my van. Now there goes my 40 year old escape clause “But Judy, I have never had an accident with you!”

So back to Friday, we are riding on our bikes and I am thinking all these thoughts and wondering, “Why in the world is Judy riding on the back of this bike with me?” Knowing what she knows about me, why would she make herself so vulnerable?

She is riding with me because over our 44 years of marriage Judy has learned to trust me more, because of our relationship she has learned that she can rely on me to keep her safe, she can trust me, even to the point of placing her life in my care on the back of my bike. Judy and I have been through a lot together and we have walked the path of life together and our relationship is the better for it.

Judy’s willingness to ride on a motorcycle with me is based on what she has learned about me over these years. And because of what Judy knows about me, it affects the decisions she makes about me.

Shouldn’t that be the same with our relationship with God? The longer I know God, the better I should know Him and the better that I know Him, shouldn’t my trust in Him be growing? Shouldn’t I be trusting God more now than I did 20 years ago, 5 years ago, or even 5 weeks ago? Shouldn’t I be willing to hold on to God, trusting Him with my very life?

God says to His children Israel and to us…. And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13

My encouragement to you today is if you are holding back from fully trusting God with your life, just jump on “His bike” and hang on to Him and if you do, God promises it will be for your own good. Besides if Judy can trust me enough to ride on our bike, trusting God to do the same thing is a piece of cake!

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