By Laverne Nakai
Today started out with me thinking, I’ve done century rides before and its “all down hill with a little bump’ here and there, “I can do this!”. The long miles of declines were the best, on the other hand the long inclines felt never ending. From the top of one hill I could see the next hilltop and think, that’s not too bad, until I start my incline from the bottom of the hill, the hilltop starts to move away.
Today of all days, I get a flat tire 2.25 miles into the third rest stop. I was disappointed but in the 90 something degree heat, I wasn’t going to sit in the sun and change my tire. So I started walking to the rest stop. I had my eyes on a white speck up ahead. I walked about 20 minutes but I wasn’t getting any closer. I kept moving along and reaching out to God. And help arrived shortly after.
Long story short…. John 14:37
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.