Turkey Ride: Mile 18

This week’s Turkey Ride takes place over 24 hours, not the usual 3, due to a needed bike repair. My goal was to use a bike lock as a metaphor. I removed my own lock to prepare for my ride, took the photo you see here, and then my bike tipped over onto the metal garage gate and the reflector broke off. This caused me to consider how people can get locked into a routine or lifestyle due to financial limitations, but today’s accident caused me to consider brokeness as well. When broken, whether a spirit, heart, or family, one often makes difficult choices and sacrifices to continue. This also takes place with those in need. A family may have to sacrifice quality food to pay rent. The homeless may have to sacrifice a place to live to even have money for food at all. A veteran may not have the assistance to even go about structuring their daily life properly.

My gear shifts were not damaged, so I biked to the farmers market. The entire shopping trip made me anxious, being that my bike is a way to overcome my health limitations but could potentially be in disrepair. I cannot even imagine the uncertainty a family with food insecurity would have. After the market, I left my bike at the shop and rode home by bus. I was reminded how often in the middle of most people’s work day, I see disheveled people riding with bags of belongings as well as mothers trying to manage more than 1 child. I consider the fact that they might be in need of permanent housing or job assistance, and holiday dinner may not be a possibility.

Westside Food Bank’s 70 service agencies make a difference in situations like these, and your generosity in this year’s Turkey Drive gives those in need a time to enjoy the holidays in a way that the general public already has access to.

I picked up my bike the next day, thankful it had no other damages. Relieved, it reminded me to always bring anxiety to God. As Charles Stanley says, “You always have God’s undivided attention.”

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