Recently it was warm enough outside that we started making the transition from winter to spring. We cleaned up some of the back patio, pulled out the grill, and of course, the girls wanted to ride their bikes.
So I got the bikes out for each of them. My oldest got a new bike for her birthday last year she hadn’t gotten to ride much yet, and her younger sister inherited her older, smaller bike. And they were out riding for about 5 minutes before they’d both abandoned their rides. The younger daughter had moved back to her tricycle/big wheel and the older moved to her old bike.
“What are you doing?” I asked. “Don’t you want to ride your new bikes?” “It feels a little big,” came the response. It astounded me that she had a brand new bike and didn’t want to ride it because it wasn’t quite comfortable enough. But then I realized we do the same thing with God.
God rescues us from our sin through His Son Jesus. And he offers us the keys to the kingdom. “Live for me,” He says. “Look at this great life I’ve given you! Look at the blessings I offer you every day! Look at the rest I offer!” And for a little while, we enjoy it all. But all too soon, we’re back to our old lives. Why? Because we get too comfortable there. Trusting in God for everything is scary. We don’t know what might happen. What if God asks us to do something uncomfortable? What if he pushes us toward a leap of faith? Will he really care for us? Will it really be better than where we are?
The answer of course is a resounding yes. Jesus says, “In the world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33b) Will you trust the one who’s overcome the world to care for you today, even if it doesn’t line up with your definition of comfort?