Cycling used to be a hobby, currently it is more like a physical metaphor for my spiritual journey. Endurance, freedom and full immersion in God’s good creation. Metaphors never fully describe reality, but can help me to understand and communicate faith sometimes. For example, my faith was once like a bright pebble on the beach of my experiences. I went to church and picked up the pebble of my faith like a valuable object, I loved it and cared for it and put it back when I left the church building. Later my faith became like a thread in the tapestry of my experiences. A shining thread which illuminated the rest of the tapestry. The thread was not my life’s story, but it was woven throughout the story of life. More recently faith and life have become indistinguishable, there is no discrete object known as ‘faith’ in my life, there is now only ‘life in faith’. Faith in Jesus. The tapestry became a journey and the journey is travelled alongside other people’s – alongside your journey too.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.