It was a crisp morning for cycling but during twelve years and close to 50,000 clicks on my road bike, I’ve collected cycling vests, long sleeve, wicking T shirts, Balaclavas to put under my helmet, extra sleeves to put over my T shirts, booties that zipper over my cycling cleats, warm cycling pants and insulated cycling gloves. So, I was ready for a good ride. I’ve learned that if I prepare properly, I can weather rainstorms, hard driving wind, potholed roads, nippy dogs, cold weather and even the odd snow storm.
If you tarry around “roadies” long enough, you’ll catch onto all the tricks, short cuts and cycling gadgets to make a long ride enjoyable. When you hang around experienced cyclists, you quickly pick up that it’s all about the prep – taking your time, wearing the right clothes, properly warming up, safety checking the bike, inflating the tires, eating the right breakfast and bringing enough water – that’s what makes for a memorable ride.
When I got home, I sat down with a cup of tea and tarried around the Word of God.
I imagine you’ve picked up on my use of the word, “tarry” – it means “to remain or stay, to wait, to linger.” I’ve been thinking about this word and its practical application because recently, I came across a wonderful quote by D.L. Moody with this word in it.
Tarry at a promise, and God will meet you there.
God really does meet us where we are, doesn’t he? Each of us is at a different place on our spiritual journeys but the Word of God never changes and His promises are true. His promises are the molds into which we pour our prayers, that is, His promises shape our prayers. We start with the end in mine, which is clearly articulated in His Word and we choose, decide, act and pray accordingly.
So, we need to tarry at His promises. We need to do the prep work. We need to take our time to become familiar with His truths and His ways. I have always loved memorizing the promises of God. In fact, when I started memorizing scriptures years ago, these were the first five promise verses.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,because they trust in you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
I can’t tell you how often I have spoken powerful, decision-changing, heart comforting truth to myself and others, with the promises given by a loving God.