Mt Falcon today! It's a long summer day, we'll explore all the loops at the top then rip down to the car at twilight. The trail head lot might be busy, so get there in time to wait for a spot if needed.
Last week was Floyd hill and from what I saw of the pictures on Facebook looked like a lot of fun on the "free ride" terrain. Also had a group get out for some high alpine riding on the weekend in eagle county (picture above). Before you get worked up about social distancing and masks, right after the picture 1/3 of the group got lost at 11,000 ft. Interesting that would also be the devotional topic this week?
Have you ever been mountain biking in a new trail area that you don’t know very well and become lost?
Many years ago before we moved to Colorado we (Doug and family) would take our summer vacations to Breckenridge. Nearly everyday I would ride trails - many I knew - but my wife always gave me one day to go explore and ride all day. Back in 2012 I wanted to try out a 29er, so I rented my first 29er and decided that was the day I would ride all day and explore new trails. Toward the end of the day I needed to return the bike so thought I would ride trails from Breckenridge to Frisco being guided by my not so great map. There were three issues with this: (1) I didn’t appreciate how far Frisco was from Breckenridge; (2) I was tired and didn’t have enough fuel (was nearly out of water and no nutritious projects and was already close to bonking; and (3) I didn’t have a great map. Nonetheless, I kept riding and eventually I felt I wasn’t going the right way, but I kept going. Inevitably, the trail disappeared. I looked the way I thought I came and I could no longer see a trail. Several, several minutes before I knew I should have stopped and turned the other way, or even completely turned around to find a different path. I just knew that "my way, was the right way". Eventually, I did find my way back out, but had to backtrack to Breckenridge. I was so relieved when I saw my family (my wife and kids actually met me on highway 9 so I could get the bike back on time).
The verse this week comes from Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a prophet that God sent to give a harsh message to the people of Israel - basically telling them if they don’t turn from their wicked ways, and their worship of idols, God will destroy them.
Ezekiel 18:30-32 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord, Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don’t want you to die says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!”
How often to we follow our own path, or own way that we think is "right" and end up lost. Although this is a message to the people of Israel there is a lot we can learn and it applies equally to us today. "Turn back and live" isn't just for knowing when you are going the wrong way on a trail. God wants us to turn from our rebellious and sinful ways, and seek him. The grace and mercy of Jesus Christ is the only way, the more we try to do it on our own, the more miserable and angry we become. God wants us to repent from our sinful ways, and turn from those sins. He wants our focus to be on Jesus. He sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to bring his kingdom here, to earth. This kingdom is now, today.
Thus, just as we (or I) got lost on a mountain bike trail and had to turn around and find a new path in order to live, God wants us to turn from our rebellion, our sins, and seek him. If we turn from our sins and focus on Jesus Christ, we can participate in building his kingdom now in this “already, but not yet” state. In other words, we can turn back and live - not just a future eternal life, but we can participate in that living today. The question to ponder, is just like the Israelites (or my miscalculation on trail navigation) what is taking you off course that you need to turn from so that you can have a renewed heart and spirit through Christ Jesus?
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 7/23/2020, 6PM
Where: MT Falcon Lower/East Lot
Directions: 3852 Vine St, Morrison, CO 80465
Questions: Reply to this email or join the facebook group
There is already guidance on how to safely enjoy the parks and trails.
From JeffCo Parks:
DO NOT visit parks and public areas if sick; stay home, seek medical care
DO NOT gather in groups larger than 10
Practice social distancing of at least 6’ in parks, trail heads, trails.
Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or hand washing supplies.
FACE COVERING strongly recommended; use when near others or when passing on the trail
High-risk visitors, use discretion for park visits and public restroom use
Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver