I was quite taken with the news a few weeks ago that mentioned the Tour de Yorkshire would be repeated again this year and would once again come through our part of the world.
Last year there was a wonderful atmosphere in Sleights where one of our neighbours went around offering cups of tea or coffee to the spectators.
People stood or sat outside their homes in expectation of the riders, traffic stopped and we could just wander over the road or have conversations without the usual noise of passing traffic.
Having said that I am reminded of a story I heard of some years ago about a man who wanted to cycle from Leeds to Manchester.
He started off quite confidently in the foothills of the Pennines but as he approached Saddleworth Moor he really became tired. Realising he had to return he turned around and waited at the roadside looking for help. Eventually a very smart Sports Car turned up, stopped and the driver offered him a lift. Obviously the bike wouldn’t fit in the car, so the compromise was the cyclist would be towed behind with a length of rope.
Before the car driver got into the car he gave the cyclist an instruction to ring his bell if the driver was going too fast. Everything went well for the first 10 miles until the car was passed by a second sports car. Forgetting about the tow the first car took off in pursuit and soon they were onto the motorway and exceeding the speed limit. A speed camera flashed and as they passed a stationary police car a report was sent to HQ in the following vein:“Two sports cars heading to junction ... in pursuit but you’ll never believe this there’s a guy on a pedal cycle right behind one of them, ringing his bell and trying to catch up”
There are times when Life makes us feel really weary and maybe we feel like packing up and going home. It is at times like this when we can turn to God who will grant us the help to carry on to our ultimate destination.
There is no danger that He will forget us, nor forsake us and if we are ever out of our comfort zone He will give us that sense of security that nothing and no-one else will ever be able to.
So weary or feeling out of control turn to the One who can and will help.
There is no shame in relying on someone else to help in time of need.