“Today’s the day,” declared my dad, “I’m gonna teach you how to ride a bike.”
Excited, I mounted my new green Schwinn as my dad held the bike steady.
“Don’t let go!” I whimpered with anxious tension in my five year old voice.
Confidence spoke through my dad as he relayed, “Don’t worry, I’ve got ya….” He held onto the back of my bike seat and ran along behind me.
Now, we had a fairly long driveway and my dad did just as he said he would do. He held the bike steady and the wobbling was minimal, at first. My knuckles where white as they tightly gripped the handle bars. Speed picked up and dad yelled out encouragement, “Keep peddling Sheryl, just keep peddling!”
I could hear my dad’s breath getting heavier and his feet hitting the pavement got faster and faster…….then, it was all a distant sound memory. I did not hear my dad behind me anymore. My dad, let go of me.
Despite my little legs keeping up the peddling, my bike began to wobble and I panicked. I steered right into the red berry pricker bush on the side of the driveway and plastered myself and my bike smack,dab, in the middle of said ugly and unforgiving bush. My dad, earthly man that he is, felt bad I am sure: yet, patience was not one of his virtues. He left me to climb out of the red berry pricker bush and decided we had had enough bike riding for the day and he walked away muttering. Scratches and all, I stood there alone and let go of….I was full of fear and I was dismayed.
Forty two years later, I found myself full of fear and dismayed again.
The diagnosis of colon cancer caught me unaware and my life, like the bike, began to wobble quite a bit. My earthly dad was not able to hold this seat and steady my life. But my heavenly father took hold and spoke to me through the Words in Isaiah 41:10 and 13.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” and again, “For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
The LORD God took my hand and held it throughout all my days as I endured cancer. I experienced His strengthening, His helping, and His upholding. Boldly I can tell you…
God never lets go of me. He never lets go of you. Though the darkest days of my trial are over and my life in comparison, is calm….. He is still holding on and daily steadies my life.
Are you facing a trial? Are you trying to learn to ride the bike called life and find yourself unsteady and wobbly? Are you in need of some help? Even, are you enjoying a lull of calm?
Turn to the LORD God, who declared to His children, inclusive of you and me, that He would uphold us and take hold of our hand. Unlike my earthly dad, who ran out of breath and could not keep up the pace, our heavenly Father does not let go; His perfect love compels Him to take hold and never let go. We have nothing to fear in the calm of our days and in the storm of our days for He is with us. Just turn….
Enjoy this song…it is one of my favorites!
SPECIAL NOTE: If you have colon cancer or know someone who does, be one of the first three people to message me your name and address and I will send you a free copy of my book Towdah: A Cancer Survivor’s Song of Hope, in honor of National Colon Cancer Awareness month.