May 27, 2010 | 04:39 pm

Friday – Motorcycles and the Spirit

Every summer my son, dad, uncle, and I take a motorcycle trip. It is great male bonding time to get on our hogs and hit the open road. We start in lower Michigan and usually travel to the Upper Peninsula. I grew up in Michigan and thought I knew it fairly well. But I have discovered some unbelievably beautiful places that I never knew existed, even though I had been driving by them for years. 
This experience of discovery was the first thing I thought of when I read this week’s text from the Gospel of John. In verse 16:13 it says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” The word “guide” in Greek renders the idea of someone introducing a traveler to an unknown place. Just like all the places I had missed in Michigan, I began to wonder what things we miss in life because we do not know where to look.
The Spirit that is bonding us to God through Christ is our guide. And like a good guide, the Spirit guides us in which direction to head, when to stop and take in the view, and when to rest for the journey ahead. When people say they are spiritual, I think it is a way to describe their pursuit of the Spirit to guide them. When you think about it, if you want to get the most out of any trip, especially that of life, it is best to have a guide.