I’m a new motorcycle rider. As I’ve been learning to operate my new vehicle, I’m finding that it’s much like faith. To ride a motorcycle, a person has to trust an invisible principle to keep him up. He doesn’t have the visible certainty that comes from another two tires. No one can test the principle until he actually begins to ride the motorcycle. Such is faith.
Not only must a person launch out beyond his experience to ride a motorcycle, he must also at times violate his intuition in order to operate it properly. Those who’ve ridden for very long have heard of counter-steering. For those who’ve not ridden, counter-steering is a technique in which the operator of the motorcycle turns the handlebars in the opposite direction from the way he wants to go. So, to go left, you’ve gotta turn right. This is also like the faith which follows the counter intuitive message of Christ to find his apparent foolishness vindicated. The last become first. The humbled become exalted. Those who give receive. The one who loses his life finds it.
I never imagined I’d be riding a motorcycle. Financial concerns first led me down this road. What began as frugality has become just fun. I came to Christ out of desperation. I’ve found that following him is the ultimate thrill ride. I think the risk is what makes it so exhilarating!