It’s Day 21 of #write31days and I feel a bit like I’m on a long distance bike ride. It’s not always cute like this picture; it’s just what you do. Just keep pedaling.
It’s rather like living in tandem.
Oswald Chambers wrote of Living in Tandem too. He often wrote about discipleship and discipline. Being a learner and demonstrating what you’ve learned. He phrased it this way:
“We do not need the grace of God to withstand crises—human nature and pride are sufficient for us to face the stress and strain magnificently.
But it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, going through drudgery, and living an ordinary, unnoticed, and ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus.”
I’ve read and re-read this book. My thoughts and way of living have been shaped by Oswald’s devotional thoughts. Can you see how many times I’ve been impacted by these particular words?
We can all be good at starting something. But it’s been said that the life of a Christ follower is more like a marathon than a sprint. Eugene Peterson wrote a book whose title also speaks to Living in Tandem: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. His writing encouraged me years ago to recognize that the change I desired to see in myself is promised but not on my timeline. Change comes by God and in His timing; which is always perfect but outside our 24/7 time frame!
Life is so very daily you see. We sometimes lose perspective. If we’re doing this all in our own strength we are likely to also lose heart along with perspective.
Learning to live in tandem with the One who made you takes time and perseverance. When the following words first stood out to me it was 1998.
“We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people—and this is not learned in five minutes.”
God is Present and is willing to give you strength to keep moving forward through this day and toward His heart. It’s not flashy but it’s more than enough.
From where does our help come? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.