3 days in a row!

It has been so much fun getting back into cycling.  I would ride every day if I could find the time.  Riding with friends and discovering new areas is great fun. Last year I stepped up and acquired a new road bike.  It zooms along faster than I thought was possible. Recently, my husband treated me to a little shopping spree to add all of the gadgets and emergency items to my bike.  We bought a mirror, extra water bottle rack, bike bag, portable pump, and a CO2 inflater.  The man at the bike shop was informative and told us how to change the tires and use the pumps. I felt secure in knowing that I had all of the necessary items.

Day 1: On the first day after school let out I was determined to get my ride in. The weather was perfect, cool and misty.  I had a personal best going on when suddenly I noticed that the bike wasn't normal. A quick glance and I saw it! The back tire was flat! 
"Seriously", I whined out loud!  "What did that man say to do with a flat tire?"  I couldn't remember and I was not prepared to change the tire on my bike. Fortunately a friend was gracious and came and picked me up!
That night my husband and I changed the tire together. We took the tire off the bike, removed the tire and checked the tube. After checking the inside of the tire we discovered a small piece of glass protruding. After pulling the glass out we inflated the tire a little and reassembled the tire. I felt a sense of accomplishment! 

Day 2: The next morning I set out with Lori for a ride!  One mile into the ride a noticed a way to familiar feel to the bike, another flat in the back tire!  Really? After a trip to the bike shop to change the tire, it was found that there was more glass deep within the tire! 

Day 3: I met a friend on Kent trails to start a long ride. Off we went, both of us are new to biking so we had lots to talk about! As we whizzed down the trail and eventually were approaching the river trail my friend Kim said, "look at my back tire, it doesn't feel right". Yes! She had a flat tire! "No problem", I thought. I have the tools.  Bike pump, C02 inflater, we can figure it out!  After thirty minutes of hand pumping that resulted in tired arms we decided to try the C02 inflater. It was a comedy of errors! The air came gushing out, but not into the tire! I grabbed my phone "honey, can you come pick us up?"

3 days in a row of flat tires! What am I supposed to learn from this?  I had the necessary tools, but didn't know how to use them. This not only effected me but the people who were with me. 

Have you ever had something in your life that you just weren't prepared for?  

The only way to be prepared in this life is to know the one who created you! He has given us everything we need (the tools) to live a life that pleases Him. 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1

 Father, There are many things as Christians that we have been given that we do not always know how to access or use. Help us to use the tools; the Fruit of the Spirit, the whole Armor of God, prayer and spiritual gifts. Show us how to be prepared by trusting in you! P.S. Could you also protect my tires?  Jann 

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