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Riding the back roads of yesterday

March 25, 2020 - 00:00
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I thought when I got my bicycle, that there were adventures to be taken! Getting on that two- wheel speed demon with the cardboard flappers on your wheels, took you down the road with the breeze of freedom blowing through your hair.

My imagination increased with my age and my wanderlust for new adventures. Getting to ride with my brother in his car unleashed a new desire for destinations unknown.

Yes, I went to town with mom, but we went up one road to town and back down that same road home. My brother drove a little faster, a little more daring, a little more, well, more.

I couldn’t wait to get my driver’s license and start exploring the great unknowns with wild abandon.

Getting to do things that you always wanted to do, but couldn’t, eventually becomes routine. In fact, even riding “the triangle” got pretty boring – whether it was a carload of friends or your cute girlfriend riding on the console next to you. I then remembered that, as a family, we would go eat in New Ulm at Hester Wendt or the Parlour. From our house in Bernardo, we could take a back road that took us up to right about where Texas Star is today. Coming home it would be dark. With the trees hanging over the road, the drive home took on an ominous feeling.

Scary, but exciting!

I found a new adventure from an old memory- riding the back roads of yesterday. I started driving every back road I could find. The twists and the turns and the unknowns around each bend were a new excitement. Dianne and I still ride the triangle, but usually on Sundays we will drive backcountry roads and discover what we never knew we missed. There is always a sight we missed, although we’ve travelled that road a dozen times. Now, we combine our travels to the old and new and everything seems like a new adventure.

Some view the Old Testament as just a history lesson. Others view the Old Testament as a referral source when they talk about the New Testament.

Jesus, as well as the Apostles, referenced the Old Testament all the time. If the Old Testament were irrelevant, why would Jesus put emphasis on it? Sure, the OT can get a little boring, like in Numbers, but there are things to be discovered that makes everything seem to fit together when you read the New Testa ment. The New Testament is exciting, adventurous, a little scary, a little hopeful, a little daring, a little more, well, more.

Why not combine the two and go on new adventures every day!

1 Samuel 14:6-7, Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saying, whether by many or by few.” “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” Pretty exciting, yes?