A few weeks ago, I was with a couple ladies on a Monday night bike ride together. We were on a bumpy stretch of the road making comments about how frustrating it was on road bikes with skinny tires. Julie, Alicia, and I decided that it should be a blog topic- how bumpy roads on the bike have some life lessons. Thanks, ladies, for the fun discussion and the blog title. : )
Why is it that we don’t appreciate the smooth roads, in biking or in life, until we get on a bumpy one? When we were out biking that night, we didn’t comment on how nice the smooth road was for the first few miles. It was only after going over a bumpy mile and then back on smooth pavement that we said, “Wow! This smooth road is great!”. Today I did a mile swim in Silver Lake and the wind was making the water pretty choppy. As I was fighting the waves rolling toward me (and writing my blog in my head), I realized that we swam here every Monday night all summer but I never appreciated the smooth waters. In fact, the only time we commented on the water was on the nights it was rough and then we complained.
How true in life that we don’t truly appreciate the easy times until we’ve gone through difficult ones. I usually think that comparison isn’t helpful. Most of the time I’m comparing myself to someone else, and I end up falling short. But when I’ve come through difficult patches in life and I’m on the other side, the comparison is a good thing. It makes me thankful.
I think one of the most challenging verses in the Bible is I Thessalonians 5:18 ” In EVERYTHING give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Yep, everything means everything! I think God knows that our tendency is toward complaining! Giving thanks doesn’t change my circumstances, but it changes my perspective.
So today in the lake, I swam along and starting finding things to be thankful for- warm sunshine on my back, I didn’t need my wetsuit, lots of fish swimming around, pretty rocks on the bottom in different colors, health and strength to be out there, etc, etc. There were SO many blessings, I forgot about the waves- until I got a mouthful of water!
The next time you’re on a smooth road in life, or a bumpy one, stop and be thankful. The bumpy road won’t last forever and you’ll appreciate the smooth road when it finally comes.