This past weekend I fell into a mood of contemplation. It doesn’t happen often, but it started with a hill, a song, and this sign.
I know, you might be, like, “Jeez, does Lynn ever not relate something to sports?”
I’d have to say, “Rarely.”
I grew up in an athlete’s home (Dad was a marathon runner/Mom tennis player), sports helped pay for my college, I married a sports nut and athlete . . . So, yeah, pretty much most of my ‘insights’ if you call them that, relate to or are triggered by sports.
This past weekend, we went to Sedona to do a monster bike ride. Mega hills out there.
Sufficient, by Adie Camp was playing while I tried to get up this one hill. I didn’t think I’d make it to tell you the truth. I was totally empty, I am only so strong, right? My abilities can only take me so far. Maybe this hill was just too big for me.
Then these words came rattling over the earphones:
Be my strength lord when my strength fades away.
When I am weak, your strength is complete.
It’s perfectly, completely all I need.
Well, I made it up the hill and at the top took the picture you see to show the curves and a little bit about how much it goes down. I think I hit 35 MPH on that downhill.
But more than the excitement of hitting such a top speed on a road bike, and even more than the thrill of having made it up the other side of that hill, was the gentle reminder of knowing I can’t do it on my own. Because I am weak but HE is strong.
I needed that reminder.