Despite the stormy weather this weekend, Spring — the season of renewal — is well under way. As the winter’s snow retreats from its highest resting places, you can see new life bursting forth in every direction. If you could observe one location for more than a few hours, you might very well see tree buds beginning to blossom or the grass turning greener before your eyes. It’s amazing, glorious, mysterious, spectacular, and it happens all with zero effort on our part. It just IS. Almost as if Someone had designed it that way… which, of course, the Bible tells us He did.
That also means that Spokane BOMB will soon be emerging from hibernation as well. As we look ahead to the start of our twelfth season soon, I want to invite you all to start considering what that will mean to you and how you might get involved, or get more involved. Some things haven’t changed: This is still a spectacular place to ride, we will still enjoy great fellowship as we encourage and support each other, and the relationships that arise from within this humble and ever-changing group will continue to be the most important “fruit” we produce. We still want to share the Gospel and “be Jesus” to everyone we encounter, and welcome newcomers to the faith as well and the sport. If you’re new to this area or the concept of BOMB, I’ll be happy to sit down with you over coffee and tell you how this group changed my life and strengthened my faith. I’ll share how the relationships that God ordained through it were crucial in walking through and surviving the fiery trials of this world, and how they thrive outside of the bounds of mountain biking together.
This will also be a year of transition, as it will be my last year of leading this group. Life has changed so much since our humble beginning back in 2008, and the challenges I’ve encountered (mostly work-related) in the last few years have not gone away… they remain, and have been multiplied by the real-life stuff we all face every day. The net result of all those life-changing events is a changed life, with new directions, rearranged priorities, and ever-increasing demands. Navigating those faithfully and following His will has led me to know with certainty that this is the year BOMB gets a new leader, or begins to fade away. The chance to ride together and build each other up spiritually can always take place outside of group-designated gatherings, but it’s the gateway or fellowship and outreach opportunity — as well as just a safe place for newcomers to ride — that we’ll miss if the chapter becomes something else or ceases to exist.
I’ll have more on that soon, as well as a proposed calendar of events that already has me looking to the end of the month as my first opportunity to meet and/or ride. So please be in prayer over the direction that we’ll take and if you have a role (or a bigger role!) to play in it. Warmer days, blooming flowers and the glory of Spring will soon excite your spirit (if they haven’t already) to get out again and get your tires dirty. So take a few hours now to get your bike ready and tuned up if needed, get some practice in, and think about where you’d like to ride this season. In the meantime, the season of spiritual renewal — and the glorious victory of our Savior over the power of death — is nearly upon us too. I pray that the message of salvation through Jesus Christ will shine in your hearts this month, and that as Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday approach you’ll have the chance to share that Good News with someone and invite them to come know Him. Then invite them to come ride with us!
God bless you all and hope to see you soon –