While We Journey On

Summer Holidays – BICYCLE

What a great present this week: the biopsies taken a month ago during Claudette’s op revealed no lymph node involvement (phew!), and while there are some areas of concern, the doctor was optimistic. All this will mark the beginning of phase 3: a joint attack with chemo (once a week), radio therapy (5 days a week), as well as brachytherapy (1 off); all over a period of 5 consecutive weeks. The cumulative effect of all this will be felt towards the end of the period when very likely complications will be involved.   And it all shall start in the middle of July. That should make for a summer holiday with a difference?! How a small thing can change so much and force one to learn to live with a different reality, albeit, a profound one!

Not forgetting the above present, we continue to be grateful for our little ones who are settling nicely in Muthill. Jason visited the primary school this morning and is excited to join in August, while Joshua continues to enjoy the small setting of composite classes, trading Pokemon cards, jumping over one fence to play with his mate Hugo most days and going to Aunty Dorothy (the other neighbour) to play with his good friend Finlay on Saturday evening. Oh, the innocence of youth.

Which brings me to the small things, which force us to adapt every now and again. As some of you will remember, I looooved riding my bike in my youth, which will explain why I found this video so compelling:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBzBlL0 (go ahead and watch it!).

The-Challenge-of-the-Backwards-BikeInteresting how such a small change has such great consequences. Here are a couple of things we discovered in the past months:

  • Cleverness belongs to those we least expect in life. So much to learn from those who discovered how to live a simple life.
  • We may have had some knowledge of life and different realities which pertain to it, however, our understanding may have been seriously a lacking. A journey to a deeper understanding is everyone’s calling.
  • It is tough to change and accept change, however, since this is part of life – you figured it: things aren’t easy. But we either adapt or are stuck with an unusable ride.  Or, as Steve L pointed out: Per Ardua ad Astra (through adversity, to the stars).
  • Neuroplasticity: children show us how to adapt to change with far greater aplomb than the adults in their lives, especially when a trip to Australia is involved ;-).
  • Old ways – yeah we can do them, but new ways \ challenges \ realities – that is where life to the full is found. Some may understand and appreciate them, while others are not quite there yet.
  • And then is the concept of truth – ‘Truth is truth, no matter what we think – so be careful how you interpret things, because you look at it with a bias!’ (Destin). We are best suited to learn to accept that while we may have glimpses of what is going on, the real truth, shall only be revealed on that Day. Until then, we better get on with learning to ride this backwards life.

While all this may apply differently to a number of situations, we are grateful for your prayers and encouragement, as we learn to ride a different bike. Thank you for rejoicing with us, for laughing with us and understanding our struggle.

May you learn and unlearn, as necessary, on your own journey to a greater maturity in life and mastery of this life’s challenges!

May you never underestimate the struggles involved in other people’s efforts to adapt and change, and rather than rush to conclusions, support and encourage them!

May you accept that whatever our understanding on this side of heaven, it shall remain tentative, at best! But His presence by our side makes all the difference.

And may you keep riding your bike!  As for us, we shall continue riding this backwards bike per ardua ad astra!




  • Paul wrote (The Message) in 2 Cor. 4: 7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralised; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorised, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
  • And also, in 1 Cor. 13: 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

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