At the beginning of the year, I set for myself a goal to ride 2-3 Centuries (100 miles) on my trusty Centurion. Many upgrades to my bike over the past year have me set in a good position to continue to ride. Well, the first two rides have come and gone. The first Ididn’t get to ride in. As for the second, I only completed the Half Century (50 miles). I hadn’t put the miles in needed leading up to this second opportunity. The icing on the cake was the 100+ degree temperatures we were having on June 30. Although the bike is ready… I haven’t been. I’m real proud of a couple of my riding partners who did complete the 100 mile ride in 100+ degree temperatures. (Great job Dean and Jeff!!)
I had the vision to do these rides yet I didn’t have all the makings to see the vision through. The vision to complete a Century is still there and I will make that attempt in September. In the meantime, I have signed on to the Le Tour Challenge at MapMyRide. To complete 544 miles during the 23 days of the Tour de France. So far, I am on target. The weather has cooperated and all of the schedules I have to keep up with have all worked in my favor thus far. This is one way for me to keep getting those much needed miles on my legs in order to obtain my goal.
I’ve had visions, dreams, and goals in life… I say, “had,” but really I still have them. Now I keep them tucked away – hidden and out of sight. The only time I seem to let them out is in my frustration. I’ve even told one friend I’ve just about gotten to the place where I was ready to give up on them… and my ability to see them through.
It’s a funny thing how God works. It never fails when I reach the low moments of frustration God sends someone to me with an encouraging word,call, text message, or email. It’s really bazaar how that happens with the words that are used to encourage. As I read Oswald Chambers this morning I have thought about several individuals who have played important roles in my life. Those people who have believed in me for years – who have seen me as a success when I couldn’t see it.
What is it in life you are working on? What sort of goals do you have that you have not attained? Have you had a vision from God that hasn’t come into being? Don’t settle for second best. Don’t seek out Plan B, C, or even D. Let the words from today’s My Utmost for His Highest encourage you for another day of dreaming.
Allow the Potter to put you on His wheel and whirl you around as He desires. Then as surely as God is God, and you are you, you will turn out as an exact likeness of the vision. But don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had a vision from God, you may try as you will to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never allow it. (July 6)