We’ve had extra time at home lately, so it has been the perfect time for our oldest son to learn how to ride his bike. His coordination is starting to come around as he is equipped with long legs that he got from his momma.

He was so excited for his first time out on the bike last week. Training wheels there as an added boost. We rounded the corning of the sidewalk and he hit his first struggle. The pedals weren’t turning as easily as they were a few moments ago. His narrow view doesn’t understand he’s now going uphill. What was easy one minute ago now seems impossible. He said, “I can’t do it.” Now, I’m not usually one with the spot-on and correct words of wisdom in the moment. But for once, God took my mouth and helped me operate it correctly. My response back to him was, “Buddy, you can do it. You’re just learning.”

We are all learning. What was easy four weeks ago seems so daunting today. But we’re learning. It comes with bumps and struggles, but we can do it. Our son will learn how to tackle the uphill sidewalk at some point. Even beyond that, one day he won’t need the training wheels or the adult supervision.

Things have changed and will continue to change. Maybe you’ve said or had thoughts like these:

How can the church go on? How can we do church online? If we can’t meet in person then it’s impossible!

I think we saw on Easter that is not the case. It was different and we’re all still learning; but what an incredible opportunity we were given to spread the message of hope through a different method.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

We cannot rely on our own understanding. Struggles, bumps, and setbacks are coming. And it’s not that we can’t work through them – we’re just learning a new way through.

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Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois