Bible Teaching Notes
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Omar C. Garcia

The Motorcycle Man

   Saw an interesting thing not long ago. I was stopped at a red light while on my way to make a hospital call when I noticed the fellow in the lane beside me. He was a burly sort, wearing a baseball cap with the bill flipped up, sitting on a motorcycle big enough to saddle. While the light was red and traffic in other lanes was flowing by at a frantic pace, the motorcycle man was calmly leaning back making some sort of adjustment on his rear wheel with a pair of silver vice-grips! Every few seconds he would glance forward to check the status of the light while trying to tighten or loosen or adjust or readjust whatever it was that was locked between the jaws of his pliers. I watched with great interest until the light turned green. The fellow then turned around, gripped the handlebars of his bike, and sped on to his destination. Now, I don't know much about motorcycles. In fact, I don't know anything about motorcycles. But I do have a healthy measure of common sense — which makes me wonder why a fellow riding something with only two wheels would make repairs on one of those wheels at a stop light. I could not help but wonder if Mr. Goodpliers continued his repair work at the next traffic light.
   The more I thought about the motorcycle man, the less uncommon and unusual the whole thing seemed. There are lots of people just like the motorcycle man. People whose lives are in need of some tightening or loosening or adjustment or readjustment but who are too busy to stop and properly make repairs. People who insist on trying to fix problems on the run. People who will not stop to make minor adjustments and corrections. People who feel that as long as the wheels keep turning and the motor makes noise everything is alright. People who feel no urgency about stopping for repairs until the wheels fall off their lives and they come crashing to a bloody halt. And then it takes more than a silver pair of vice-grip pliers and thirty seconds at a stop light to make repairs. In some cases all the king's horses and all the king's men cannot put matters back together again.
   Yes! There are many people just like the motorcycle man. There are people whose marriages are not running right but who will not take the time to stop for repairs. People who run their troubled marriages at full throttle hoping to make it to the next light. These are the folks who usually walk in to a repair shop with cuts and bruises and a pair of silver vice-grips in one hand and a wheel in the other along with an assortment of broken pieces. There are parents whose parenting is not running properly and kids whose obedience is seriously out of alignment. Parents and kids who are too busy to stop to talk about their problems. Just plain good-intentioned folks who try to make repairs on the run or who have convinced themselves that things are not really that bad. Until the wheels fall off. And then fingers point, tempers flare, voices are raised, accusations are made, feelings are hurt, and damage is done. Don't wait until your wheels fall off to get serious about repairs. Spend some time in the garage or you might end up in the junk-yard!

Source:Omar C. Garcia May 1991

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