This is the Day…Tuesday
June 30, 2020
Ya’ll watch this!
The summer when I was ten years old was one of my favorite times as a child. There were lots of other kids in the neighborhood and we spent every day playing ball, having adventures in the woods, or riding our bikes all over town. But even with all these options, sometimes we would get bored with doing the same things every day. So, we would come up with some new ways to have fun.
One summer afternoon we were riding our bikes and one of my friends had a great idea. He said, “Let’s build some bike ramps and do jumps over stuff!” Sounds like a good idea, right? So, we began scrounging for spare wood and parts around the neighborhood. Within a couple of hours our plans had come to fruition. We had built a huge bike ramp. It was awesome!
Since we wanted to jump over something, we built the ramp near a creek. Now, we could ride our bikes down a big hill, run over the ramp, fly over the creek and land safely on the other side. Wouldn’t that be cool!
Since I was one of the younger boys (And evidently expendable) I was chosen to go first. I must admit I was a bit worried about the size of the ramp and how high I might go. Just before heading down the hill toward the ramp, I asked one of my friends, “Do you think the ramp will work?” He said, “Sure it will! But whatever happens, it will still be cool!” Okay, ya’ll watch this!
I headed down the hill like Evel Knievel, peddling as fast as I could. I hit the ramp with my front tire, my tire popped, the ramp collapsed on its side and I rolled down into the creek! I only incurred some scrapes, splinters, and soaked pants and, even though the ramp failed, the viewing audience screamed with delight! That was the last time I took a chance on a homemade bike ramp.
Certainly, life is full of risks and chances. But taking unnecessary chances can be dangerous. Even if you are not a risk taker, we simply cannot plan for every possibility that may occur in life. Each day brings its own obstacles to overcome. We make plans and build our own ramps for jumping over stuff. But we cannot do it on our own. Certainly, we need someone who has a better plan. A plan that will protect us and carry us into the future.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” When God is in your life, you do not have to take chances. God set a plan for your life, even before you were born. God’s plan will not fail. God’s plan will protect you. God’s plan is filled with hope and purpose. You have a purpose. God has the plan.