When I was a kid I loved being outside – this hasn’t changed much! I loved riding my bike, building forts, playing with the neighborhood kids, playing basketball, jumping rope and just exploring the neighborhood. I still remember when I upgraded from my Big Wheels and got my very first scooter. Now this wasn’t a razor scooter (didn’t have those back then) and it wasn’t a Hoveround (wasn’t quite old enough for one of those, although I do remember when someone gave one to my dad and we used to race it in the office parking lot, but I digress). This was an awesome scooter that I placed one foot on and used my other foot to propel me to speeds that I was sure would result in a speeding ticket if a policeman had radar in our neighborhood. It was mint green, with white wheels and sparkles all over the paint job! When I was riding that scooter I felt like I was flying!
When I was a kid I also loved to swim. I learned how to swim when I was about 4 years old and I made a vow to my family that I would conquer the slide when I was 5 so on my 5th birthday they were asking me if I was ready and I responded with, “I said I would go down the slide when I was 5, but I didn’t say when I was 5.” I believe I braved the slide the day before my 6th birthday!
One day when I was about 8 years old, my sister, Jana and I were in the pool and I had a marvelous idea. I loved my scooter and I loved swimming, so I thought, why not merge the two and see what develops, seems like a great idea! Right? I ran to the garage and got my scooter (which, by the way, I had just recently washed and waxed, no I am not kidding, I washed my scooter and my bike all the time, gotta keep it classy for the neighborhood, y’all!). I lowered my scooter down into the pool. Our pool, like most, sloped from shallow end to the deep end. I stood on the scooter in the shallow end and waited for it to start to move down the pool. I had to give it a push and even then because of the resistance of the water, it didn’t move very much. I was disappointed and I couldn’t believe that no one had ever invented a water scooter, I mean it seemed like a perfectly legit invention to me-I guess that’s more of a jet ski, and yes, I have a story about that, which you can read here.
My sister had decided to get out of the pool and we had a rule that no one could swim alone, so since she was the big sister and calling the shots, I had to get out too. Problem…my scooter was severely waterlogged and I couldn’t lift it. I tried and I tried but to no avail. I did not have the strength to get the scooter out of the pool. I looked at Jana and said, “Can you please help me get my scooter out of the pool?” She replied with, “Amber, I’m already dried off, you can do it. Remember, dad always says ‘where there’s a will there’s a way.’” I thought she was being ridiculous and she was saying things that my 8-year-old brain did not understand. I responded with “Jana, I don’t care what dad says, there are 2 wheels on this thing and there’s no way it’s coming out.” I didn’t understand the phrase “where there’s a will there’s a way” and I was misinterpreting “will” & “wheel”. I just took it literally and thought she was talking about wheels and I had two on my scooter. Finally, Jana helped me and we got the scooter out of the pool. Little did I know that my dad would choose to tell this story in churches all over the place!
The Bible talks a lot about we as people not having enough strength and it’s true we do not. Just as I needed Jana’s help to retrieve the scooter from the pool, we need God’s help so much more to face this crazy thing called life. Life can throw you curve balls in a second and His strength is what we must rely on. The Bible never says that life will be easy, or that after you become a Christian that all of your problems will disappear. In fact, it says just the opposite. Jesus says in John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” In Isaiah 43:2 we read “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” These verses never promise us that all will be peace and happiness; in fact they deliver just the opposite. God tells us that we are going to go through trials and difficult times, but that He will be there with us every step of the way! What a promise! We have the God of the universe, the Creator of the world, the Maker of the Heaven and Earth to rely on! Take that promise with you today!
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer, do not delay, O my God!”
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”