Old man winter dropped a heap of snow on us yesterday, and I was forced to hitch a ride to and from campus. The snow continued overnight, and today, with the roads still thick with snow, the forecasters are calling for high winds and drifting. Alas, I had to thumb another ride.
I’ve known for a long time that my rides to and from campus are consistently the high points of my day. What I didn’t realize is how cranky it makes me when I don’t get my fix. And not only am I cranky; I’m also strangely disoriented, frustratingly unfocused, and highly unmotivated.
Once, while hanging out on the Mount of Olives having a chat about the end of the world, Jesus told his disciples, “Pray that it may not be in winter” (The Gospel According to Mark 13:18, NRSV). I think I finally get what it was he was talking about. Just a few sentences earlier, he told them they’d have to flee to the mountains. Clearly his concern was that they’d be forced to make the trek without their bikes!