One of our family rituals is to watch Le Tour de France, a bike riding race, that takes 21 days, as the riders race day after day through the picturesque streets of France, finishing in Paris, France.  (Sean wanted to be a bike racer, so we watch because of Sean and his love of biking.)

We munch on croissants and drink coffee, and cheer on the racers.   It is only stage 7, and already, we have cried with Mark Cavendish as he won a stage, (he has won 2 stages so far).  Mark Cavendish thought he would never ride in another Tour—when he was asked to ride rather last minute—by the Deceuninck–Quick-Step Team.

I wondered as I shared his tears, why I was so moved by his comeback.  I think it is because it is a visual representation of hope for us all.

Many of us feel the weight of this past year, of businesses closing, of life seemingly changing in rather scary ways.  A trip to the grocery store reveals increased prices, gas prices have increased, building materials have skyrocketed—the future is uncertain—and many of us are more than just concerned.

Perhaps we are like Mark Cavendish, thinking we are out of the race, that we may never race again, and suddenly we are called back into the race, and amazingly, we may even win a battle!!  Life is not over for us yet, there is hope, there is hope!!

And this hope will not lead to disappointment.  For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.   Romans 5:5

God is still with us! 

That is why I shared Mark Cavendish’s tears—because God is still with us and is leading us to win our race!!  1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1

May we be encouraged!!