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Keep Your Eyes Alert

by - April 20, 2020

I ride my bike to work nearly every day of the week, albeit today I am carrying some precious cargo on the way to church. Before you read the rest of this article, you need to know, it's totally safe. When I bring the kids with me, I ride the whole way to our worship building on the sidewalk. But man, we have a lot of reflectors. We definitely want to make sure you can see us!

Overall, even on my normal days, it's pretty tame around here. Metro Buffalo pales to the chaos of urban center cities around the world where cycling in traffic is a dangerous activity requiring the rider to risk his life every day. Because of snow removal in the winter months, our roads have wide shoulders and additional buffer space between my handlebars and a fast moving rear view mirror.

Occasionally, even though I'm usually left well enough alone, there are certainly times that a driver will lose track of me, and I get pushed over to the side by a stiff breeze, or get cut off by a motorist making an abrupt right turn into a parking lot or driveway without making any signal to alert the maneuver. Usually, I can navigate around disaster without too much trouble by jumping up on a curb, or ditching the bike into someone's front yard. Nine times out of ten, the motorist turns pale white when they realize how close they came to me. They are concerned and apologetic. They realize they were distracted in some way from their main task. They realized what they were really missing going doing the road.

The Apostle Paul writes: Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don't forget to pray, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ. Now, to my knowledge, Paul never pedaled a bicycle or commuted to work in a prius or a pickup truck.  However, I do believe that he would remind us to keep our eyes alert when driving from place to place for locations, and people, and situations that might be an open door for telling the mystery of Christ. I do believe that we can be people who are prayer walking, prayer bicycling, and prayer driving so that the Good News of the Gospel can go out once again to our friends, family, and communities. Do you know what you're missing on the road?

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