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Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually–regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:19‭-‬20 AMP

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Of mountain biking and life…

My wife and I recently started getting back into the fitness thing. We started to exercise again round about August of this year. We have been putting in fairly regular training sessions. We have been out and about on the mountain bikes as much as we can.

In November we entered the 947 Short ride. This was a road event where we completed a 40km route on the highway and the tar roads around Johannesburg. Since it was our first event things went very well with no problems. We both completed the event in fairly good times, and we were both well pleased with the way it turned out.

Then in the beginning of December we got a little braver. We decided to take on a mountain bike trail event. My wife was cautious and entered the 10km (that turned into a 13km) event whilst I was a bit more “brave” and entered the 20km (that turned into a 25km) event.
We did all the necessary preparations. We packed our energy jells, water, supplements and equipment and we set off to the venue where the event was taking place. The venue was “Kings Kloof” roughly between Krugersdorp and Magaliesburg.

On arriving at the event there were about 20 or so riders that was taking part in the event. This should have been a warning sign, but we missed that one… When it was time to go all the riders lined up on the starting line, we listened to the instructions, and then we were off…

Now, it all started well. The first few kilometers were rough and in the bush. To be expected since it was a mountain bike race. A trail mountain bike race, but I would only find out later that “trail” meant it was “bos paatjies” (foot paths) and not paths that was created for comfortable riding!

A few kilometers into the race things got a bit harder… The path was not as clearly marked, and it was not long before I ended up on the wrong path and had to do some serious “bundu bashing” and search for the original (right path) to continue the event.

Then my first huge uphill! This thing was almost a kilometer long at a very steep incline! Not somethings I practiced for or even expected! And the surface was loos rocks and pebbles, making it even more difficult to negotiate… I got of my bike and walked up the hill. As you can imagine, this took some time!

Then the downhill! A long rocky downhill with a lot of twists and turns. Very narrow… Also, not what I have practiced for or was expecting…

One thing that also dawned on me was the fact that I was all alone. There was no one in sight! After the first few kilometers, think it was about the first five or six, I was the only one around. I one saw another rider passing me, not sure where he came from because I was right at the back of the 20km pack, and then again, some people at the waterpoint. The rest of the time I was out in the wilderness, all on my own…

These types of scenes kept on repeating itself over and over as I went about my way…

It was a hard race! Probably the hardest mountain bike event I ever did! I was tired, lonely, got lost a few times, exhausted to the point of thinking about quitting! But I did not quite. I stayed on the path, sometimes making good time, riding, sometimes slow and steady walking, negotiating obstacles to the best of my abilities…

Finally, 26km later and 3 hours later I finally got to the end! Boy, was I relieved! Here I received a welcoming that made it all worth wile! The difficulties became a thing of the past! It was over! The race was completed! I reached the finish line!
Then I realized, this is exactly how life, especially Christian life is!

We have trained by reading our Bibles, attending church, bible study groups, seminaries, bible school, and all kinds of activities to prepare us for what lies ahead. Then you “get into it” and all of a sudden you realize that this is different that what you expected and prepared for! This is hard! There are challenges you did not prepare for. There are difficulties that breaks your speed, then things speed up to the point where it gets dangers and seems almost out of control! Some obstacles you encounter seems dangerous; some are very dangerous. You get lost! You take the wrong turns on the road where right and wrong seems almost the same. Then, once you realize the you are on the wrong path, it takes effort and time to find your way back to the right path… You feel isolated. You get to the point that you want to give up! You want to quit, take the easy way out. You just want it to stop because you are tired and weary! But you keep on! You keep your eyes and mind on the finish line. You keep on going because you know that even these difficulties will pass…

You will reach the end and God will be waiting there for you. Giving you a “welcoming party” and receiving you into haven! You will receive your reward, eternal life! You will have finished the race…

During this event one verse kept on popping into my head…

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – II Timothy 4:7 NKJV

This kept me going during the event. This keeps me going in live as well. Believe it, live it… Don’t quite no matter how hard it gets! Keep fighting the good fight! Stick it out to the end! Finish the race! Receive the reward!

I will be back for the mountain bike race in 2020, but this time I will be better prepared!

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Christo Pelser

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