2017.Blogs.Learning how to ride a bikeDo you remember? Your father or mother, grandmother or grandfather, who taught you how to ride a bike? I still remember how my father taught me. He took the training wheels off of my little bike and had me sit down, as he held tightly onto the bicycle seat. I slowly gained speed as he ran alongside me…until I had found my balance. Then he released his grip. The euphoria of the experience! It was like I was taking off into flight!

A few years ago it was my turn to teach my youngest son Manasse how to ride a bike. Initially he would end up in the neighbor’s hedge, but after a while he got the hang of it. He cycled through the alley at full speed, as I held onto his seat and occasionally released my grip. I said: “Manasse, you are doing great man! You are doing an amazing job!” As soon as he started to lose his balance, I would grab a hold of his seat. Manasse didn’t even notice it and would confidently shout: “Yes Daddy, I can ride a bike, I am the best cyclist in the world!” I had to laugh to myself: if only he knew what would happen if I were to release my grip!

Later that day I thought: how many times has God not thought the same thing? I would have all kinds of wild plans and do great things for Him and then cry out: “Yes, I can do this, I am the best in the world!” I could hear God thinking: If I release my grip, then you would get into big trouble! How awesome that He wants to be involved in everything we do and wants to catch us when we need it? He enjoys us. Even when we get over confident and cry out: “I can do it! I am the best!” Why? Because He is our Father and enjoys our pleasure!

I hope that you will never forget that it is not you, but the hand of God that keeps you in balance!

Do you remember? Your father or mother, grandmother or grandfather, who taught you how to ride a bike? I still remember how my father taught me. He took the training wheels off of my little bike and had me sit down, as he held tightly onto the bicycle seat. I slowly gained speed as he ran alongside me…until I had found my balance. Then he released his grip. The euphoria of the experience! It was like I was taking off into flight! A few years ago it was my turn to teach my youngest son Manasse how to ride a bike. Initially he would end up in the neighbor’s hedge, but after a while he got the hang of it. He cycled through the alley at full speed, as I held onto his seat and occasionally released my grip. I said: “Manasse, you are doing great man! You are doing an amazing job!” As soon as he started to lose his balance, I would grab a hold of his seat. Manasse didn’t even notice it and would confidently shout: “Yes Daddy, I can ride a bike, I am the best cyclist in the world!” I had to laugh to myself: if only he knew what would happen if I were to release my grip! Later that day I thought: how many times has God not thought the same thing? I would have all kinds of wild plans and do great things for Him and then cry out: “Yes, I can do this, I am the best in the world!” I could hear God thinking: If I release my grip, then you would get into big trouble! How awesome that He wants to be involved in everything we do and wants to catch us when we need it? He enjoys us. Even when we get over confident and cry out: “I can do it! I am the best!” Why? Because He is our Father and enjoys our pleasure! I hope that you will never forget that it is not you, but the hand of God that keeps you in balance!