I’m starting to see that I have a habit of bicycle related posts. Perhaps it’s simply a knack for seeing the spiritual within the everyday occurrences upon the saddle. It’s a place where I like to think and it is from that place that I am bringing you this week’s thoughts.
It was a couple days ago that I was riding my bike home. When I looked down, I noticed my shoelace was slowly coming untied. I didn’t really think much of it in the moment, however as time went on the shoelace gradually got looser and looser until it was dragging on the ground. It would have only taken a minute to pull over, tie the lace properly, and continue on with my journey, but I was too comfortable to stop and I was too intent on continuing on with the flow of the ride.
Away the lace dragged as I sensed the level of danger gradually rise. I was so close to home anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal! I continued to ignore the urge to fix the issue — then it happened.
Before I knew it, I was giving it my best shot not to hit the ground hard. As I turned a corner, my lace got wrapped in my pedal and threw my entire balance off. It was a close call, but I managed to get my opposite foot on the ground to balance myself as I tried to untangle the stubborn lace that had made a home where it didn’t belong.
All that rested in my mind at that very moment was a Bible passage: “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:15) It made sense. I could see the illustration.
Whether with a relationship, a sin we struggle with, or a situation we are experiencing, I think have all been in this place before — I know I have. We see the lace slowly untying, we feel in our spirits that we need to take action, but we get so caught up in the comfort of the status quo, flow, and perhaps fear of the unknown, that we let the lace wrap itself around the peddle that is our life. Before we know it, we are doing our very best to save ourselves from hitting the ground hard.
I was reminded that it is never worth the risk. Taking the time to assess the situation, fix the problem, and take off again in greater confidence always outweighs the comfort of continuing on down the same dangerous path. I know I’ve needed someone to be there to ask me this question, so I want want to be there to ask you this question too — do you have some shoelaces that need to be tied up?