Friday, April 25, 2014

If Only for the Moments

Moments: would I do it all over again? The long rides, sometimes very hot, humid. Try to dry off, get the bike loaded, and get in the truck: air conditioning. Ah, thank you for auto air conditioning. It is hard to stop sweating; drink, drink. How nice. My wife has a small towel on top of some ice in a small cooler. Does that feel good on the back of the neck or what. And the cold recovery drink in there is sooo good. Call home, she answers, will be ready. A shower feels like heaven. She has a meal for me, good but can't eat it all. So tired, go to the bedroom all made dark and cool beforehand, lay between fresh cool sheets and sleep like death.

Such a blessing to have that kind of love and many days, so many times she was there, propping me up when I was coming down. What she got out of it for herself? Not much. And I wish I could have finished this, completed this ironman, if only for her. She made me a visor to place on my office wall. It reads on the bill; "Marvin MY Ironman." Wish I could have made it true. But we have the journey behind us to reflect upon as I am doing now. The moments bring a slight smile and a warm feeling. Of course, I would do it all over again, if only for the moments.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Life Cannot Be Sealed Up in a Tomb"

It is not just about the cross but also about the tomb. Easter morning the tomb was empty. He was not there. "Because He lives, you shall live also." Do we? Or, do we call our lives hard names, and stay in the safety of the despair of our tombs and try to call it life?

Oh, the wildflowers of Easter I see on my bike rides, the peaceful feeling of a run well done, the rhythmic power of some good swim strokes in the soothing medium of water, the little children with their Easter baskets, the vibrant green grass, the singing birds, and the eternal Hope in my heart, which says "come on out, you are free from the law of sin and death, come on out to embrace the life I have called you to. I have paid the price; I have rolled your stone away from the tomb."

He is alive, and because He lives, I shall live also.