Back in my younger days I bought a motorcycle. Always wanted one. My mom had always said, “Over her dead body” but I was out of college and living on my own. What mom didn’t know wouldn’t hurt her.
When she found out she said she was writing me out of her will.
Anyway, when Amy and I got married, the motorcycle had to go. It helped fund the honeymoon.
Twenty years later, a member of our church asked if I wanted to ride with him.
Sure, it’s been a while but let’s go!
He had two bikes. I borrowed one and off we went. Man, twenty years of rust took a while to rub off. But I got the hang of it. And then the itch.
Over the next few weeks I was window shopping. Amy said it was fine with her as long as I kept the insurance paid up. I just couldn’t justify buying one. It was too expensive. We had sons going to college and ministry needs to support. The list of responsibilities was way too long.
So I window shopped. And wished. I said that there are too many things more important than a motorcycle and I will be content with that.
Then one day I got a phone call from McKinney Honda. Some guy introduced himself as Wesley. “Have you been shopping for a Honda?”
“Well I looked but I’m not buying.”
He said, “We have a special for you. Come pick on up.”
I laughed and said, “That would be great but you guys will want some money for it.”
He replied, “Not today. We’re running a special for pastors of North Monroe. They’re free. Come pick out your color.”
I was dumbstruck. I said, “How are you boys making any money over there?”
He said, “Well let me put it this way: You have a really good church member who wants his pastor to ride motorcycles.”
I prayed about it for a day.
Then went and got it.
What a thrill. Eventually, we wound up having 30 guys riding bikes in our church. It turned into a ministry!
And here’s the life lesson for me.
(Psalm 37:4) “Delight yourself in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Delight means to be shaped. Let God shape you. Let him make you into something useful to him, and he will see to it that your heart is filled.
Even if you don’t get the motorcycle.
That’s the good news.