Handling curves in life

June 29, 2008 — 2 Comments
S-Bridge at Garvan Woodland Gardens

S-Bridge at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas

This evening I spent some time helping my son learn to properly navigate his bike. Jackson is a good kid but one that is spoiled because so many things come easy to him. Consequently, he can get pretty frustrated when something takes a little more effort than he thinks should be the case. Bike riding is one of those things.

Tonight we were practicing curves. Unfortunately for his little knees, it turned out to be more about curbs. Still, curves are absolutely necessary skills to learn in riding a bike. I laughed out loud when he yelled to me from some distance away, “You know, it would be a lot easier if I could just go in straight lines!”

That was one of the simplest but most profound statements I’ve heard in quite a while. Think about it. He’s exactly right. Straight lines are always easier. You can almost manage straight lines in your sleep, as a matter of fact.

But curves — like alarm clocks — are a regular part of life. . . .something we can pretty well count on.

As my family and I traveled last week, we were frightened at times by the difficulty of the curves in the roads on which we traveled. But we were also captivated by the beauty of the landscape those crooked trails enabled us to enjoy.

At the start of a new week, I caution that you will almost definitely encounter some unforeseen curves in life. . . . perhaps a sickness or injury. . . perhaps a major problem at work. . . maybe a family crisis of some sort. I encourage you to anticipate such challenges and purpose within yourself even now to find meaning in such frustrating and disheartening situations.

And be grateful that you will encounter no curve in life that God did not see coming.

 

2 responses to Handling curves in life

  1. 

    LOL…I laughed out loud, remembering those days when I learned to ride and then again when I taught my girls!

    I also found VERY TIMELY your comments about curves. Our power went out around 3 A.M. this morning and we woke later to flashing clocks and the light on in the living room that came on by itself! Everything seems to be working now, EXCEPT…our A/C won’t come back on. We have ceiling fans on and that is liveable and an ex-Prairie Creek member who is also a HVAC man is coming in about an hour to fix the A/C. This is our CURRENT (forgive the pun, but I had to do it!) CURVE! We will make it and smile BIG when the cool air starts again!
    THAN YOU LORD for letting man invent A/C…specially in Texas in summer!

    Have a good week back at work and PTL for ALL the different ways that HE finds to bless us!
    John Peek

  2. 

    It is fitting to quote Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths STRAIGHT.”

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