The Bicycle

With all the excitement of the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge and some outings, which resulted in posts (and future posts) on Sue’s words and pictures, I missed my target of a post a week here!

I don’t feel inclined to remove my postaweek badge however.  Instead I am posting a piece of writing I did as homework for the writing group.  This is a local group affiliated to the Association of Christian Writers.  The task was “Keep it simple – 300 words”

The bicycle

“Here’s a bicycle,” said Dad.  “You’ll need to practise until you can ride it without falling off.  It will make life more interesting and widen your horizons.  I’ll help you and go with you.”

“Thanks, Dad.  When can we start?”

“As soon as you like.”

“I’m ready.”

Dad pushed the bike to a level playing field.  His son walked beside him.

“I’ll hold the bike, while you get on.  Can you reach the pedals?”

Dad used a toolkit to adjust the saddle and handlebars.

They practised every day.  At first Dad held onto the back of the saddle.  Then he let go. His son was cycling alone without realising it.

“Don’t turn the handlebars!” warned Dad.  “Just lean slightly in the direction you want to turn.”

After a few falls onto the grassy field, the son could ride his bike.  Next he learned to signal. He was ready to go out with his father.

His life became more interesting and his horizons were widened.


Learning to trust God is like learning to ride a bicycle.  It takes practice.  Each day we need to climb onto God’s bicycle.  If we try to go our own way, we fall off and have to begin again.  Unlike the earthly father, who trains his son to ride independently, God does not let us go.

He has sent his Son to make it possible for each one of us to accept our spiritual bicycle, his Holy Spirit who guides us from within.  The Bible is our Highway Code.

If the earthly son becomes proud of his bicycle-riding prowess he may fall off. Similarly, if we forget our dependence on God and become proud or inattentive we become separated from him.  When this happens we need turn to him for forgiveness and restoration.


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