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Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

Just Fix It Already!

Everyone who has been ignoring a ‘problem or issue’ with their scoot, raise your hand. Don’t know about you, but I tend to let things go on my bike or my cage, that I know need fixin, until I usually wind up regretting when it’s too late.

My foot pegs were installed backwards so that they don’t kick up when I’m not using them, but rather down. So when I’m on the highway and I think about using them, just imagine the fun I’m having trying to kick them back up.  It ain’t easy and it ain’t pretty.  Another classic for me is remembering to bring my special sized stainless steel coffee mug with me on road trips. It seems the bolt on cup holder was designed to only securely hold the matching mug and anything else either slips through the rim / holder too far and wants to scratch my paint (on the tank) or it sits so high it’s unstable.  I’ve tried a few other mugs but they tend to get wedged into the holder and cause no small amount of distraction when I am wanting a sip of my Tim Horton’s.

Now this is child’s play compared to me driving up north and knowing I’m low on windshield washer fluid when heading into snow, sleet and hail where the roads are covered with salt and sand.  You have probably all been there at least once in your life, where the windshield becomes for all intents and purposes, a curtain you cannot see through so you wind up sticking your head out the window to see what’s coming your way and what is in front of you.  Downright dangerous and entirely preventable.

I recently drove from the B.C. Interior to the coast and encountered white out conditions at night as a storm that was predicted hit with a vengeance.  I knew only one headlight on my pickup truck was working but ventured into the storm thinking nothing of it.  Well as the snow began to fly and the darkness of night had hit like a Mack Truck, I was navigating on one headlight that was casting it’s ray to the far right and downward, so it was virtually useless. Only when I hit my high beam switch could I actually see the road ahead of me.  However it was shining slightly to the left, and greatly irritating the oncoming traffic. So much so that I wound up driving much of the highway down the mountain with virtually no head lights guiding me.  Enough said. From this day forward, I will never put off what needs to be done, on my cage or bike,  (my wife is standing beside me as I am writing this by the way) that is in any way a safety issue.

Ironically, as I drove through this storm thinking I could so easily have prevented this nasty little situation if I had only prepared. If I had just taken the time to realize the potential problems I might face, then I would have taken a half hour out of my day to get the light fixed. No big deal.

And you know, the Christian walk is a lot like that.  There are storms out there and we can never expect to experience smooth sailing throughout our days and years. So knowing this, we ought to prepare ourselves for those times where we need to take the precautions and necessary steps to equip and enable us to focus on the compass in the storm (the compass being Jesus) and come through them, unscathed.

In our “Owner’s Manual for Life” we read in the book of Psalms, Chapter 91, verses 1-3 the following;  “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.”  If you make Jesus your God, you can experience this comfort, protection and refuge.

Ride Safe, Ride True

Pastor Chuck

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Last modified on Sunday, 20 April 2014 23:14

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