Conquering the Bicycle

Joanna Fullner

READ : Psalm 27:1-6

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (v. 1, NIV)

I had not ridden a bicycle for over thirty years, so it was with some anxiety that I emerged from the quiet campus and rode onto the busy road. My heart was pounding and my breath came in short gasps as we peddled toward the nearby city. Large trucks thundered past me, cars honked their horns, oxen pulling heavy loads lumbered along, other cyclists whizzed by. “What am I doing out here?” I cried. Would I live to see another day? I began quoting this psalm to quiet my anxious heart. Fortunately I survived, and found I loved the freedom my bicycle gave me.

We rode our bikes all over the area—out into the beautiful countryside to view the green rice fields, up on the dike that protected the city from the Yangtze River floods, around the ancient city wall, to the interesting shops tucked away in the hidden corners of the city. It was so invigorating—feeling the wind in my face, smelling different aromas, seeing things close-up, hearing the friendly “hellos.” All of my senses were alive. Of whom indeed (or what) should I be afraid?


Thank you, Lord, for helping me overcome my fears. You surely are the stronghold of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.