Today has been the first day of my vacation. I’m slated to go to the BibleTech Conference and speak, but today was just a vacation day – and I’ve really enjoyed it.
The best part of the day has been the weather, as its what I like to call biking and convertible weather. This afternoon I trekked on my bike to some local green ways, and then to a coffee shop that I frequent and it was just chill and fun.
On the way home, I stopped at a second coffee shop to just invest time and get another drink. On my way out, there was another guy who parked his bike beside mine. His bike was loaded with travel items as he was definitely riding somewhere.
He took a liking to my bike, and we struck up a conversation. He said that he biked from the Northeast down to NC (woah!) and was on his way towards the beach (double woah!). I could imagine it, but it was the first time that I can recall meeting someone who literally biked across the country like that.
As we talked, he mentioned how he came to be a biking traveler (drifter was his term) through losing his job and some other breaks. Being able to just take his wheels and go seemed to be a good idea, and he’s pretty much been biking ever since. He mentioned that it was good that I am working and that I should value the job, because things can be taken away at any time.
It didn’t hit me until a few minutes after the conversation ended and I was well on my way. I’ve not been valuing everything that God’s given me and allowed me to walk into.
I’ve got bills paid (mostly), a solid job, a number of solid friends and associates, and am doing speaking engagements. I’m able to take time off to bike and see the city, to engage with others, and really have the depth of my prayers met when I do those things. Not to say that I don’t have issues, but they really are small compared to all those things I’ve been blessed with.
He and I parted and I had a nag inside. There were a few bucks in my pocket and I never carry cash. I turned my bike around and just gave him what I had. It wasn’t much, but I was humbled that he appreciated his situation enough to enjoy it. And while I also could have just as easily sat there the night or did other giftings – it was just that impression to pay for his drink that felt the most appropriate. And so I did.
As I rode off I remarked in prayer that I was sorry for not valuing everything that God’s given. My complaints have sounded prideful and arrogant – and frankly, there’s no reason for them. God has met every need that I have. And those things that I want which I don’t have are because I don’t need those things at this time.
I often feel that biking is a time for me to let off some energy, see the world around me, and reflect on things I need to do next. I can say that in this first day of this vacation, biking definitely led to that reflection and the freedom that I espouse to I already have.
Its a lesson I hope not to forget. And if I see that person on the road, I’ve got a reason again to stop and share a drink while thanking God and him for that lesson so needed this day.