A few Sunday mornings ago I discovered that my sonís bicycle that had been stored with our two other bikes in our parking spaces in our condominium garage had been stolen. I had purchased it two months ago for his ninth birthday. I had ordered the 24 inch,18 gear bike to be his last before he would get a really good adult bike to ride perhaps for the rest of his life.
When it arrived and he
first attempted to ride it we discovered it was too big for him Ė
riders should clear the cross bar by at least an inch (suggested 2
inches) to avoid crouch injuries on dismount. But we decided to keep
it and allow him to grow into it. It was a little difficult for him
to mount and dismount, but I knew that over time and with practice
he would develop the skill to handle mounts safely. Until then I
would run along beside him to provide assistance with mounting and
dismounting the bike. I figured I had a few more weeks of this
before I was comfortable enough to allow him to ride on his own. A
side benefit is that I discovered I am a better runner than I knew,
and I realized running had much to do with motivation than ability.
But it was in my mind to order a 20 inch bike and just keep the 24
inch bike that he would be ready for next year when his younger
brother (by 11 months) would require a larger bike than the one 16
inch bike passed down to him.
When I noticed that the bike was gone, I immediately determined to
not let the theft ruin my day. I had a busy day planned starting
with a morning fellowship with two other families before church, and
I was on my way to get a take-out
package of coffee and bagels for the group that would be meeting at
our place within the hour. Our focus was not to be the theft of my
sonís bike. So I continued on to Einstein Brothers Bagels. I
returned with the coffee and bagels and we had a really great
fellowship. And amazingly the theft did not cross my mind.
I had to
apologize to my son because I had not re-secured his bike when I
returned from a brief ride. While I had purchased him a new big boy
bicycle I had not purchased a separate chain and lock and had been
running the single chain through the frames of our three bikes. The
apology went well. I expected more of a problem in telling my wife,
but this also went well. Now all that was needed was to replace the
bike. So I went online and made the purchase.
really good about all that had happened. Through it all I had not
thought to be my own
when having to expend additional funds to replace the stolen bike
how I would recoup the funds had not crossed my mind. Despite
myself, I had maintained a care not attitude Ėsomething had kicked
in and taken over and I had lived only in the moment. Now I really
understood the term--I was disappointed when I discovered the theft,
but the moment of recognition and feeling for what had occurred had
passed and my life was to be filled with other moments that could
only be ruined if I continued to live in the moment of
disappointment. I was actually casting my cares on
Scriptures had risen up and forced their application in my life.
It was not until I began to
see similar bikes, maybe even exactly like the one taken, that I
began to think that perhaps I should confront the rider and inquire
about their acquisition . . .this brand new bike is a little small
for you isnít it? Do you have a receipt? But when I considered the
possible follow-ups, I assured myself that it was best left in Godís
hands and my job was to not care about the matter.
About four weeks later when
the bike suddenly re-appeared, I was extremely happy and knew I had
made the right choice. I knew that God could return to me 100 fold
the funds for the purchase of the replacement bike, and who knows
whether He still will. But I was pleased to have the bike
back and not have to purchase a new 24 inch bike. Who knows but that
it was a safety measure to ensure that my son was not injured trying
to ride the larger bike? The only thing left for me to do was rejoice!