This morning, December 30, 2017, I woke to my first "God dream" in a while, especially concerning me and I decided I wanted to share it with you as a Christian witness.
In the dream God let me know that He will let me get back in shape and race bicycles for a year or two and then he will let me coach a pro bicycle racing team for a few years before I do other stuff for him. In the dream I decided that, if God gives me the chance to race and coach a pro cycling team, I will run with it without hesitation. We are talking outta here, gone, over the horizon, baby, supersonic type running.
I woke very happy but also quickly realized that God has to heal me first because, with my health, there is no way I could last just one day on the road as a coach or even go for one training ride, it would literally kill me.
Coaching bicycle road racing is a very hard life, especially for an old guy like me but I would really love it, even just for a little while. Remember that I will turn 69 this coming April 13, 2018.
During the season or about 9 to 10 months out of the year, 12 to 20 hour days, seven days a week are the norm and the off season requires at least 8 to 10 hour days 5 to 6 days a week. You are a slave to the team and riders. You spend a lot of your time on the road living out of motels and eating out of restaurants while helping the riders recover from the last race and prepare for the next race along handling logistics and equipment. You get very little time to rest or relax, much less enjoy where you are at. Your life is so hectic I used to call it dancing in tornadoes because there are always a number of problems you are constantly having to work on solving. You stay very busy, which causes time to fly so the fun is over before you know it.
Most people just dream of doing what I used to do because all they see is the less than 10%, which is exciting, so they think my life is just full of nothing but excitement. They don't see the better than 90% you do to earn that excitement. Be careful what you ask for because God just might give it to you and you know it won't be what you thought it would be.
Racing and coaching are something I have not even dreamed of doing for years because of my prolonged illness. For the most part, I have been dealing with getting through each day and just surviving one problem after another while writing for God with regular small blessings from God. Of course, just being healed so I can do stuff would be more than worth it because I really miss doing stuff, creating, building, achieving the way God had me doing before. Just that would be a wonderful blessing and would beat feeling beat up from doing simple things like fixing some little thing.
It is amazing what I can do with just any healthy human body. Most people have no idea what their bodies are capable of doing. I can take an average healthy human body and turn it into a marathon athlete within just two years.
The old saying that you don't really appreciate what you have until you lose it is very true. I used to really appreciate my coaching when I was doing it but nothing like I do now.
This is something God promised me a long time ago, about 15 to 20 years ago, but things have been so hard for so long since those dreams that I forgot about it for the most part. It has become something that has only been an occasional thought in the back of my mind and I am certain God was reminding me of His promise. Boy, will I hit the ground running. It will be sprint time, baby. :-) What a very nice dream and I thank God for it. It was a blessing.
After I woke, I decided that I will try to continue the blog and probably add a third section about my life racing and coaching along with probably continuing my regular essays. That will be interesting for people to read and quite the blessing. Imagine being a witness for God while being a living miracle. Come to think of it, I guess I already am because I am still alive more than a decade after the doctors gave up on me and said I should have died while being a witness for God.
I know very well how Abraham must have felt when God told him at about 80 years of age, well past most male reproduction age, that God would give Abraham a male child and didn't give Abraham the child until he was more than 100 years old. You KNOW that everyone who knew him and God's promise to Abraham thought Abraham was nuts for believing God until Abraham had the child. Then Abraham went from being nuts to being a great man of God. It always works that way.
If God can give Abraham a child at more than 100 years of age, God can return me to bike racing at more than 68 years of age, which is past the time other riders and coaches have retired and it will, therefore, be to the glory of God, especially with God having told me about it and me telling you about it before hand. NOTHING is impossible with God.
You are going to see God do some incredible things in the near future, especially through His people, the Christians and Hebrews.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.