Friday, June 21, 2019 while fellow motorcycle riders were traveling to an American Legion event, their lives were lost in what is said to be the most horrific motorcycle accident on record.
The families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, their friends, and neighbors, were devastated. Our community of riders mourned, for those who served in the armed forces the loss was compounded
When we experience loss, the death of a loved one, a natural disaster, the ending of a relationship, financial ruin, we question and a time of personal reflection follows.
This became evident following this accident. While I was preparing a post for a social media platform about motorcycles I noticed a thread of fellow riders.
The topic of their discussion can be summed up by stating the individuals contributing to the thread were having doubts and questioning if they should continue to ride motorcycles. The horrific crash which caused the loss of life of 7 fellow riders in a distant state had caused them to question if they should continue to ride.
Honestly, I have asked myself similar questions when someone I know and ride with experiences an accident. We all know life is not without risks. Motorcycling, like any other activity in life, has a level of risk. The secret is to manage the risks and ride with faith.
February 6, 2012 will be a day in my life I will never forget. It was one of those transforming moments. I had not been feeling well for several hours the night before. We had gone out with friends for dinner and an evening of entertainment. Following dinner I felt worse and decided to end the fun and fellowship early. The next morning my wife drove me to the emergency room because my condition had deteriorated. The next thing I knew I was being told I required emergency surgery.
While waiting to be taken back to surgery my wife and I had a few moments alone together. It was a time of sharing our love, telling each other the things we mean to say more often, but life gets in the way. Soon it was time for surgery.
Awaking after surgery is a good thing although those who have experienced it know of the fog effect. It was not until a day later did I understand they had to preform maneuvers to revive me due to my reaction to the anesthesia. Needless to say it was a pivotal moment in life. I had been given a second chance.
A few days later leaving the hospital my wife made the statement, “I could have been driving home a widow”.
I am convinced asking why we do, think, and believe the things we do is important and necessary. My reasoning: When you answer the why, what and how you do things matters.
Asking “why” we learn our motives. Once we learn of our motive, we are then able to determine if the consequences are worth the risk. Today society is more interested in the “who”, seldom if ever the “why”. After a few minutes on any social media platform will validate any doubt you might have.
My wife learned to ride and scored better than I in a motorcycle course we took together. She enjoyed riding, an experience she never would have imagined every attempting. After riding for a couple of years and hearing of friends having accidents she has chosen not to ride any longer. After asking the why she rode question, she decided it was no longer her desire.
I stated earlier when we ask the why of what we do, think, and believe, what and how we do things matters.
Have you asked why you believe what you do regarding your faith.? We all have faith in something. I have faith someone will read the words I write, or else I wouldn’t write. Faith isn’t the issue we need to answer. The real why questions is why have faith in God?
Jesus while teaching His disciples through the telling of parables addressed this very question. “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:31 NIV
This bible passage reveals it is imperative we learn about the Character of God. When we base or faith on an event or experience when the trials come happens, our faith will falter. If we learn about His Character although we encounter the trials to come, our faith will sustain us. Our faith will sustain because it is based on Gods character, knowledge, and reason.
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