Journal July 27, 2021: Finished
- Keep at it and you’ll get there. Lynn from Love, VA.
- The bicycle is a good metaphor for the church or an organization
How God Showed Up
In my last week of riding, I was so appreciative of the willingness of a friend from college who worked their schedule around my ride from Eugene to Astoria. Her husband, Steve, rode with me the last three days while Betsy, Deana, and her daughters made each afternoon and the arrival in Astoria a most memorable experience. They selflessly gave of their time and resources to accommodate Betsy and me.
1 – I think back to meeting Lynn in Love, VA my first week on the TransAm trail. She lived on a 10-acre farm along the Blue Ridge Scenic Hwy in the Appalachian Mountains. She and her husband let me camp in their yard that night when I was low on water and realized I was not going to make it to my planned destination. During our many conversations she said, like everything, you stick with it long enough and it will get done or you will get there. While I cannot remember her exact quote at the moment, her practical advice was to be persistent and not give up. It was great advice and a conversation I thought of from time to time while riding, alone with my thoughts, across America.
2 – The bicycle is a complex yet simple machine once one learns to ride it. It becomes more complex when more gears and components are built into the construction of the bike. In its most basic design, it consists of components that include a frame, two wheels, crank, chain, seat, and steering mechanism.
With that said, consider each component and their relationship with each other. The frame can consist of different materials that are precisely welded together to withstand weight, velocity, and stress. The wheels are made of lightweight metal, spokes, bearings, and rubber. The crank is usually made of a metal or durable material and bearings. The steering mechanism is similar to the crank in its durability and bearings. The chain, simple and taken for granted, is a series of small, connected links that must work flawlessly and in unison to complete countless revolutions over its lifetime. Add to this understanding the necessity of cables, levers, pads, and lubricants.
The above parts are assembled, balanced, torqued, aired, and adjusted to create a precise and comfortable and durable riding experience.
IF ANY of the components are not cared for or begin to show nonalignment, imbalances, binding, fatigue, or failure the result(s) can be serious for the rider. Let one or more bearings of eighteen, inside the axel of the front wheel fail and problems will occur. (Water will wear out a bearing(s). One or more rusty chain links will bind the entire chain. A worn brake pad will prevent the bike from stopping when demanded. Sometimes we must replace parts to keep things running.
Each of these components represents people within an organization. Each has a responsibility to perform to expectations for the entire entity to function at peak performance. If any of the components, or parts of the components, are not watched and taken care of, the ensuing result will be a decrease in performance of the component and in turn, the department, and the organization ultimately. Some parts are more noticeable than others, but all the parts are important and necessary. We must make and take the time to maintain the bike that translates into taking care of the body, church, and organization.
Blessings and Stand Firm,
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