A Winding Road – Terri Clark
By Terri Clark
¬†Spyder riders are a rare breed of people.¬† They aren‚Äôt afraid to try something new, or they wouldn‚Äôt be riding a Spyder.¬† We like to have fun feeling the wind in our face.¬†¬† And of course, there‚Äôs nothing better than the challenge of conquering the long and winding road and then sharing the experience with other like-minded Spyder lovers.¬† We are like a big family.
¬†A friend told me recently that he noticed a lot of people in the Spyder world making reference to their faith in their posts.¬† He was intrigued by how their faith seemed to be a source of strength for them as they faced some pretty dark roads.¬† I guess he asked me because I‚Äôm a Christian speaker and hold strong convictions.¬† He wondered what my ‚Äútake‚ÄĚ on these ‚ÄúFaith-Riders‚ÄĚ was.
¬†It‚Äôs kind of like this‚Ä¶I remember once, when I was a brand-new Spyder rider, some of us went for a nighttime ride up a very steep and curvy mountain road.¬† It was pitch black in this thick, wooded area, so the only light was from our headlights.¬†
¬†My husband is an experienced rider, so he was leading.¬† I was behind him and our two friends, Erick and Leira, were behind me.¬† As long as Harvey stayed in front of me, within my headlight range, I was fine on that steep, twisty road.¬† I could see him approaching the turns first and followed his lead.¬†¬† But because Harvey couldn‚Äôt resist the challenge of the road, he forgot about me behind him.¬† Ramping up his speed, he took off up the mountain.¬† I tried to keep up, but fear (and sound wisdom) finally got the best of me and I just fell back and let him go on ahead.¬† By now, Erick and Leira were some distance back and I was left alone to find my way in the dark.
Harvey, Terri, Leira and Erick¬†
¬†I hadn‚Äôt realized how much I depended on Harvey‚Äôs lights in front of me until they weren‚Äôt there anymore.¬† For an inexperienced rider like myself, it was pretty scary starting into a curve and then see a 30ft drop-off just a couple feet from the edge of the road.¬† Some of the turns were so sharp and unexpected, at times the road would twist right while my headlights were still going straight.¬† My clutch was getting a real work-out.
¬†So what does that have to do with faith?¬† Well, for a lot of us Spyder lovers the road we‚Äôre traveling down is full of unexpected twists and turns; tough times, family problems, health issues, etc.¬† It‚Äės in these dark times that we need more than a love for the road to get us through.¬† We need some light shining on the road so we can see which way to go.¬† And that‚Äôs what our faith in God does.¬† He is our light. (AKA The Light of the World)
¬†After a couple minutes on that dark, mountain road, Erick and Leira caught up to me.¬† Their headlights gave me the added confidence I needed to go on.¬† Then we all rode together and caught up with Harvey.¬† When you have a problem, the natural thing to do is look to your friends for support‚ÄĒthere is strength in numbers.¬† If those friends are Christians, your faith is combined with theirs and God‚Äôs light is that much brighter.¬†¬† The Bible says when two or three come together in His Name‚Ä¶He‚Äôs right there with them, listening and answering their prayers.¬† That‚Äôs why you see people posting prayer requests.
¬†We all think we have it together and can handle whatever comes along, but everyone has those times when we come to the end of our own ‚Äúknow how.‚ÄĚ¬† That‚Äôs when our faith will get us through no matter how dark it gets or how treacherous the road.¬† Unlike my husband, God won‚Äôt run off and leave us.¬†
¬†When we are heading down an unfamiliar road and don‚Äôt know which way to go, He didn‚Äôt leave us to figure it out on our own.¬† He gave us a pretty good GPS‚ÄĒthe Bible.¬† It is full of wisdom, instruction, promises, and hope.¬† And for those of us who have been following this GPS for a while, we can tell you first hand, it will get you where you need to be‚ÄĒwithout taking you off on a rabbit trail.¬†
¬†A lot of us have some pretty bad roads behind us, we‚Äôre not perfect and we know it.¬† But even so, once we decided to get off that road and follow Him, we discovered it is a much better way to go.¬† And doing it on a Spyder, along with some good friends and the wind in your face, it‚Äôs even better.
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