I’ve been a faithful Christian for 12 years and a cyclist for the past 4 years. I always knew that God had a plan for my life and it was doing ministry. I used to think it was playing guitar, singing and leading worship which I have been doing successfully for past 10 years. I thought it would be teaching the Gospel in a Bible College since I am a school teacher. Either way I always knew there was more but I wasn’t sure how, where, what or when. In the past 3 weeks the pieces of the puzzles finally started coming together… After many years of waiting I think I know a plan God has set out for me.
So it goes like this… Three weeks ago I was feeling overwhelmed, anxious and distraught. I thought I was at the end of my rope and my job was finally getting to me. I also thought it was menopausal because of my age. As a high school teacher and department head of a large high school many demands are made on my time daily. If you know anything about teaching or technology then you know what I am talking about. I thought the constant stress had finally caught up to me and that I was going to have to change my job so I could cope. I spoke to my Pastor and he said somewhat of the same but not to make any hasty decisions just yet.
Meanwhile some time ago I was asked to preach at 2 house church meetings in the absence of my Pastor who went to do ministry abroad. It had been quite some time since I last preached and I was nervous that this would be just the pressure that might put me over the top. I tried to find someone to replace me but had no success. I was committed to leading the meetings despite my fears. So I began praying and trusting Jesus that he would give me the strength and help me to prepare and lead the meetings. I asked him to heal me of the anxiety and the depression I was feeling. I hadn’t ever experienced this before so I was scared. I wanted to be faithful to Jesus so I was determined to do the meetings regardless of what I felt. (Josh 1:9) I remember clearly the first meeting was a 2 hour drive and after praying I was able to find someone to drive me there and back. I felt more at ease with this arrangement. I did the meeting and got home around 1 am. I got a good night rest despite the hour and was up the next morning praising God for the good time of fellowship and ministry. I then remembered what my Pastor said, “Do the ministry and you will not get sick; (Isaiah 40:31) pray in tongues and you will be edified.” (Romans 8:26). I was encouraged. I guess I had forgotten one of the fundamental requirements of being Christian.
We need to testify to others what Jesus has done for us just as Jesus’s disciples did. This is part of God’s plan for our lives. When we are faithful, God is able to meet all our needs according to his riches and glory. (Philippians 4:19) When the next meeting came up the following week, I did the meeting enlightened by my realization. I trusted God’s promises and I wasn’t disappointed. That very evening I was healed of the anxiety, restlessness and exhaustion. I knew from that moment on that I was to go forward and do ministry if I wanted to stay healthy mentally and physically. My quality of life depends on it!
In the past few years I have been praying about a cycling ministry. This time when I prayed the Lord showed me a way to move forward and told me if I went ahead he would bless it. So this was the beginning to the cycling4Jesus ministry! Please read through my postings and see that God has been faithful!
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”