A while back, I wanted to get in 25-30 miles on my bike. So, since the temperature was only in the 40’s, I put a hoodie on under my jacket, pulled on my winter gloves, and headed out into the countryside. I forgot to do one thing, though. I forgot to check the wind forecast.

A few minutes later I found myself pushing a pretty good headwind. But I soldiered on for about half of my planned distance, then turned around, figuring I’d have the advantage of a nice tailwind on the way back.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, because in one of those plot twists so characteristic of Indiana weather, the wind decided to shift, such that I ended up pushing it both ways.

At first, I was kind of ticked at myself for not having checked the forecast ahead of time. But then I realized that if I had, I probably wouldn’t have gotten on my bike at all that day.

Interestingly enough, the Bible has something to say about that. In Ecclesiastes 11:4 the author wisely states, “Whoever observes the wind will not sow; whoever regards the clouds will not reap.”

In other words, if you’re always waiting for conditions to be perfect before taking action, you’ll probably never do anything worthwhile.

So, is there something you’ve been thinking about doing—maybe something that you sense God is nudging you to do—but you keep putting it off because the conditions seem to be less than ideal? If so, maybe it’s time to trust God and take that first step, even if it means pushing a headwind both ways!

Prayer: Loving God, sometimes we can be a little too calculating, a little too cautious. When I’m that way, help me to look to you for the courage and strength I need to “ride into the wind.” Amen

Dave Marty is a retired pastor who lives with his wife, Mary, in Brownsburg, Indiana. They have two beautiful daughters, two great sons-in-law, and two creative teenage grandchildren. In addition to cycling (including unicycling), Dave also enjoys gardening, Scrabble, hosting Holy Land tours with Mary, and tutoring kindergarteners at a nearby school