I just got back from a motorcycle trip where everything did not go as planned. On the way to Dubuque, Ia my motorcycle broke down mid afternoon and did not have enough power to go up hills any longer. I did not know exactly where I was and was wondering …..”What the heck do I do next”. Well, eventually a guy stopped by so I was able to ask where the nearest mechanic was. The nearest mechanic was a guy that was a good mechanic was not really a motorcycle specialist , let alone a Polaris Victory specialist. Well, we got on the phone with a guy from the Victory dealership and our best guess was that I purchased bad gas. They said they saw this all the time. So we drained the gas and put in new gas. Cost for the mechanic plus new gas was only $70.
So I took off and it seemed to be at least moving. I went to the next town and then I was getting no power on hills again… Drat! What do I do now. Well, back on the phone to the Vic dealership and they eventually sent a tow truck, I spent the night in a hotel and they diagnosed a hard clutch.. or a clutch cable that was too tight! The next day after adjusting the clutch cable, I test drove the bike but after 10 miles I was getting the same thing. I limped back to the Vic dealership and this time we had to replace the entire clutch!!!! They had to overnight a clutch but then I got the real bad news! A 2nd night in a Hotel in a small town without much to do.. but the really bad new was even though the bike was in warranty … because the clutch cable was too tight …. it was labelled as “neglect” and it would not be covered under warranty. Well, I bought the bike directly from a Polaris rep and eitehr he or his technician was the last to adjust my cable. . My total bill for the new clutch was $1200 with the tow truck now! GRRR!
So instead of 3 days riding I spent 2 nights stuck in a Hotel in Waukon, Ia. I basically lost 3 days of vacation and never got to my destination of Anamosa, Ia to see the motorcycle museum. GRRRRRR!
Well, that’s the specifics of what happened but what was occurring behind the scenes of this broken down few days of lost vacation and personal isolation in Waukon, Ia.
Well I started out the trip and was meditating on Psalm 131 and the idea of resting under the umbrella of Gods providence! However, even at the beginning of the trip I was actually wrestling with God… A LOT! You see, recently we had some unfortunate leadership changes in my men’s group and I have been struggling with this for the last few weeks as the other leader in this group. It has clearly impacted me. As I was sitting on the side of a road for several hours this week, I had several opportunities to get upset at the mechanic. I was working hard at managing my emotions. Rather, than resting under the umbrella of Gods providence, I was wrestling with God. How do I manage my emotions? Do I snap out in anger at someone? Do I do something even worse? I was wrestling with God in a deeply spiritual way.
In the past these kinds of situations would have sent me off the deep end. After all. I lost a ride I was really looking forward too and I lost 3 days vacation and I was stuck on a little dink town without much to do. In the past, I would have found some negative behavior to engage in. Well temptation hit me several times as I wrestled with God over what to do! All I can say is my trip that started out attempting to rest under the umbrella of Gods providence ended up in me and God wrestling for most of the time.
I opened my Bible and read the story of where Jacob wrestled with God! At the end of a night of wrestling with God Jacob said “I won’t let you go till you bless me!” What I can say is this that wrestling with God is not a bad thing … because it means you have not given into your fleshly desires. And following this wrestling is a time of blessing. Why do I say wrestling with God is a good thing? Because the the option to not wrestling with God would have been giving into my anger and personal desires. If you wrestle with God .. God will always win… and by default you will be blessed more than if you do NOT give in to your desires.
So my encouragement to those that have given in to your anger or desires is …. feel free to wrestle with God over your desires. FIGHT! Don’t give in! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Gods grace and mercy are more than sufficient for you as you work toward the goal of “living under the umbrella” of God’s providence! In the end God will sovereignl work in the lives that love him and dont give in to their desires.
Now, as I attempt to write an e-mail to the guy I purchased the bike and contact Polaris over my dissatisfaction over my lack of warranty with a bike that should be in warranty….. I am sure I will continue this “wrestling match”… but I know God will always bless me as I stay in the fight!
So FIGHT! Dont give in to your desires. God will bless those that struggle against their flesh and “wrestle with Him” as they work toward doing the right thing. My goal is to still rest under Gods providence…. but that proved to be very hard this week. So feel free to wrestle with God till you can find that resting spot! In the end God will always win!