Handlebar Helpers

A few months ago I watched as my youngest daughter learned to ride her two wheel bike. I buckled on her helmet, set her on level ground, and it was time! I watched as she tippy toed down the parking lot—afraid to put her feet up. Then something wonderful happened… just as I was about to reach for the edge of her seat in an effort to guide her—her older sister and brother came up. “We got this,” they said with a smile. They each took hold of one handlebar and one edge of the back seat. They began to walk with her, and then run with her— holding on the whole time and saying things like “Hold on!”, “Pedal”, “Steer right”, and “Good job! You are getting it!” 

I watched from a distance– amazed. My youngest was learning and it was all possible because of her decision to get on the bike and her “helpers”. Her big sister and brother were holding her up while whispering words of encouragement and teaching. Before long, she left them in the dust as she rode alone her own smile so big. “I’m doing it!” 

This experience speaks to my own heart as well. When I am faced with something that looks big, daunting, intimidating, unsure…. I try to tip toe around but then, in an instant, I feel a Helper at my side. Jesus promised to send us a Helper to teach us, to guide us: 

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever. 

John 14:16

Yes, this is the Helper that has one hand on the handlebars and one on the seat of my life. He’s the one whispering the encouragement and guidance my heart needs most. 

Although He is often behind the scenes… I recognize that He’s been there all along– My first challenge, my current challenge, future challenge and all the challenges in-between. He’s constantly there and reminds me that I am a child of God. 

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Romans 8:16 

The Helper’s job is to direct us into all Truth. 

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

John 16:13

Yes! My heart cries. That’s exactly what I need—something solid (Truth) to hold onto these days. 

So I encourage you (just as I encourage myself)—

Hold onto the Helper 

Know He is there for you 

He never stops until the job is completed 

Even then he is always available for the next thing

Invite him into current situations

Listen  to his promptings

Trust His way, His plan

Live  life confidently 

Know, without a doubt, that He guides us into all Truth. 


Until next Time, 

PS.      It is amazing how the Holy Spirit can also use us to step in and help each other—just like the older kids helped little sister on her bike the other day. I know I have been on both the giving and receiving end of these kinds of interactions and they bless my heart. 

I know I have been missing from my blog posts for awhile… the words would stir in my spirit but not quite make it onto the page in the right order. It can be like that during uncertain times. Thanks for being patient with me and letting me be authentic. Hugs to all of you!  

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