Ups and Downs of Life on a Bicycle
I have recently completed an epic journey--riding my bicycle across the U.S. from Astoria, Oregon back to my home in Belleville, New Jersey.
This journey was challenging and enriching in many ways. Although it could be said that I was riding solo, I was never really alone. God was with me every mile. For 3,246 miles God gave me the strength needed to climb mountains, fight strong headwinds, ride many hours through torrential rainstorms, and survive oppressive heat through desolate terrain. I had the awesome privilege of seeing some of our country's most beautiful scenery. It truly was the adventure of a lifetime. Many times I wished that I could have brought my friends and family to share in the experience. Along the way I met other cyclists and many other wonderful people with whom I spent time talking and sharing. I had many opportunities to pray for people and share my faith in Jesus. I was also blessed to receive. Sometimes people shared their meals with me. Once I stopped at a little league baseball game to get something to eat at the concession stand and when they learned what I was doing they gave me the food for free.
Most of the trip was good, but there were some difficult times like the time in Idaho when I was attacked by a dog and knocked down in the middle of the highway. My shoulder still hurts from the crash. In North Dakota something happened to one of my teeth and for ten days I was in constant pain until I was finally able to get the tooth pulled in Wisconsin. During the ups and downs I could see that life is like that. We all have ups and downs. We all have challenges--physically and spiritually, but we should never forget that God is with us to help us. We just need to have faith that God is good and loving. We need to remember that God has a purpose for everything that happens in life.
The verse that most often came to mind was Zechariah 4:6
'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
I want to thank my church for allowing me to take this sabbatical so that I could accomplish the ride, and for all their prayers during this potentially dangerous ride. Although many times I was almost blown off the road by speeding tractor-trailers, God kept me safe.
Riding with and for the Lord,
Pastor Steve Lorenz
July 19th, 2016
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Pastor Lorenz has returned from his two-month sabbatical during which he rode his bicycle across the United States from Oregon back to New Jersey.
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