Internally I could hear the air filling my lungs, then as quickly as it filled it was forced out anxious to repeat the cycle. The soft sound of dead leaves being blown to the side countered the intensity of mechanics of the machine that took me through the woods. Tires made connection nearly constantly, thanks to the invention of suspension, my knees providing my God-given suspension system for the rear of the mountain bike. The cool morning air made me feel alive again after several weeks of staying at the homestead. Careful to keep my distance, the “Grinder” as it’s come to known was the least traveled single-track mountain bike trail in my area and definitely pumped some much-needed life force back into my system—the ache in my legs helped that process along as well!
It’s been four and half weeks since Jen and I have started self-quarantining and boy, what an experience! Things haven’t felt this eerie since 9/11—very few planes in the sky, less traffic, people fearful to engage with one another… the whole thing is pushing us as a culture, as a nation, as families and individuals to evaluate what we think, feel and hope is true. I have had many conversations this last month ranging from this is nothing more than the flu, to 5G is to blame and there is no virus! I am in and near Flint, MI where the hospitals are starting to lose their staff to this thing, pastors are going to be with the Lord and the reality of this virus is hitting very close to home for many. I am not much of a political guy, but what I do know is that is it incredibly difficult to discern the truth from a lie.
Riding that trail was very freeing, a chance to not think (yes ladies, men have an incredible gift of not having to think at all) and to take in a peaceful slice of creation just out of town. I’m not writing to tell anyone what to think or who to believe, but I will say this: the truth that will win against corrupt governments, deadly viruses, deceiving numbers, posts, and blogs is the truth that is found in our Bibles. God is still in control and this week I have been hanging on a passage written by Paul to the believers in Thessalonica: “But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.” (I Thessalonians 4: 9-12) May God’s word ring true and my words disappear in light of His wisdom. I sincerely hope that you all are safe, find protection and refuge in our big, big God and lean on His wisdom as we navigate the storm.