We're just back from a trip to the Alive Music Festival in Ohio. It was a great trip, particularly for the fish in attendance. It rained from the moment we arrived on Tuesday until (I'm not kidding) the second I got in the car to come home and preach on Sunday. When I was no longer sleeping in a hammock/living outside, the sun decided it was an appropriate time to shine. Go figure.
This week I returned to the bicycle. It hasn't been going well. Yesterday you may have noticed (if you live in our fair city) that the temperature reached a balmy 90 degrees. I would have been far better off if I had biked in my swim trunks.
Today, I decided to take the mountain bike instead of the roadie. I don't know why. Probably because when I went to retrieve it from the rack, it just looked at me with puppy dog tires and reminded me that it hadn't been ridden in a while. I decided to show some kindness to my bicycle and take it for a spin. My bicycle decided to repay me with a flat tire, which resulted in wiping out on the sidewalk of our church. The crash happened at less than five miles an hour, about 30 feet from my final destination, which made it kind of look like this:
Whoopsie. No injuries to speak of though, which means that I'll be back on the bike again tonight and tomorrow.
You know what will make cycling a lot easier? When this is actually a thing in America.
Of course that's ridiculous. Cycling culture will never get to the point in America where we have our own dedicated drive throughs for fast food.
But now in the midst of all that cycling, we're back to work. This week is Barefoot school, or as the rest of you less-hip-than-us churches might call it, VBS. North of 200 kids have descended on our fair church to learn about God's love for them, and sing songs that will annoyingly be stuck in my head for the better part of the summer. VBS is far from my favorite, as little kids aren't really in my wheelhouse. But it has been fun to get to watch what God is doing in the lives of these young people. If your church is doing a VBS soon, don't forget to take a step back and just notice how God is alive and active in the lives of the students in your midst. A God-sighting if you will.
There will be more posts later, as this week's sermon will require some audience participation. Till then, enjoy the GIF of the day: