Pedal, pedal, pedal I yell down the sidewalk as my husband and I chase our daughter Macie on her bicycle holding our breath while she passes house after house without toppling over. It took a giant leap of faith and focus for her to decide that she was ready and after 3 years of trying to convince her to at least try, she DID IT!!!! The excitement from her little face was priceless as she zoomed by the 5th, 6th and 7th house without toppling over.
The stopping and steering is still a work in progress and I noticed today that the neighbors parked their cars further down the street than normal, but I’m sure it was a fluke then again maybe they realized she ran into all of their cars head on yesterday lol. The stopping is much better today and she has realized there are these little cushions called brakes on the bike and if she remembers to push them she will stop but it’s also totally acceptable to continue to jump off the bike into the grass going full speed like a stunt dummy jumping from a burning car. Her little legs are so banged up and there have been many tears shed but unlike the tears she has cried for the past few years in fear of getting hurt she now cries when we tell her it’s time to put her bike away for the night and to take a break.
Two summers ago Macie started growing leaps and bounds and the bike she got when she was just a few years old started to become way too small for her. She has long legs and she could no longer pedal without her knees hitting the handlebars so excitedly we bought her a new bike. Well the new bike was a little big for her and it totally intimated her, she was really afraid of getting hurt and so instead of trying to learn to ride without training wheels she had to miss out on riding her bike with friends and other things. Lately though she has seen a lot of her friends at church her age and even much younger learn to ride their bikes and she started getting more interested in giving it another chance.
So this past weekend Scott decided to lower the seat for her on her 2 year old bicycle with the tags and bright colored streamers still hanging from the handlebars and she realized she could now touch the ground with her feet while sitting on the seat. Just that tiny bit of security changed her total outlook on things and she excitedly took the challenge to learn. After many escape jumps, running into parked cars and chants from mommy and daddy, she DID IT! I think she even surprised herself and you could tell the pride within her little heart was amazing.
Today when Macie got home from school she had a little package waiting on the kitchen table for her, a pink jeweled bell to add to her bike from mommy and daddy because we were so proud of her. As I watched her ride up and down our street tonight every time she passed our house she would ring that little pink bell and my heart would smile. A reminder that sometimes the journey ahead looks scary, sometimes we will fall and there will be pain but God is always standing nearby cheering us on and yelling “pedal, pedal, pedal.
There will always be heartache, failures and imperfections in this life but God isn’t standing by counting our mistakes but instead helping us to push forward and succeed. It’s not about the length of our journey but the passion within our hearts to stay motivated, persevere, and push forward in spite of the adversity.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Honestly their wasn’t anything different about this weekend compared to 2 years ago for Macie that enabled her to physically ride her bike better but her spirit had found the motivation to fight and to keep pushing harder and harder and realizing that mommy and daddy were right there, we were watching over her and protecting her and excitedly believing in her and each time I hear that little pink bell ring out I will be reminded of God’s faithfulness, God’s protection that through Him we can yell WE DID IT!!!!!
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us” Romans 8:37