So, I sold my road bike.
I did not want to. As you could probably tell by my posts about road biking in the last 2 weeks as opposed to the long hiatus of non-blogging before that, I fell in love with road biking. I could tell that if I kept at it (which I wanted to do), I could become very good at it and even compete. I love the rush of wind as I pedal at a consistent rate. Basically, I "fit" as a road cyclist.
However, sometimes things don't go the way you want (at least not at first). Friday night, I was saying my nightly prayers, and the thought came to ask this question "What do I need to do to prepare myself for my future wife?". I had asked this or at least similar questions before, and usually the answer was to be patient or no answer, which to me means, "It's not time for you to know yet" etc. But I hadn't asked it since I had bought this bike. The immediate answer was "Sell the bike." Not just A bike from our garage, not even just one of the two bikes I own, but THE [road] bike. My thoughts were "What? I just bought it! I love riding it! It's good for me! Isn't it? Was that just me thinking that for some weird reason?" Anyway, I kind of struggled with those types of thoughts for a good while in my prayer, and then asked if I was still ok to go on my ride (see last post), and I felt I was, so I did. Then I said "If it's Thy will, I'll do it." The next night, (Saturday night), I said in my prayers again "Like I said, if it's Thy will, I'll do it, but I need to be sure I'm not just doing something crazy for no reason", and asked Him to confirm to me that what I was thinking was truly from Him.
Well, Heavenly Father answers prayers (if you didn't know that). I went to a friend's ward to hear her report on her mission, and the theme of the meeting was "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." That's in Proverbs 3:5-6. I was like "Hmmm, if that's not a clear answer, I don't know what is" but somehow I felt that I was going to keep receiving confirmations that day. Well, I did. My own sacrament meeting, Bishop Ayre's daughters Kenedi and Amanda and Brother Hansen's daughter Madison spoke about the trials of their pioneer ancestors and how they had to sacrifice some great things to receive even greater things. Also, Travis Bodtcher and Collette Charles (soon to be Bodtcher) talked about their relationship and how grateful they are for each other. That wasn't a direct answer to my prayer, but it reminded me of how wonderful married life will be, and that I should be willing to give up anything for her. Travis talked about how greatly his life changed the moment he decided to turn his life around, and now he's getting married in the temple because of it. That was interesting to me. Then in Sunday School we were talking about rehoboam and jeraboam and their poor leadership. There were a couple of comments that hit me, but most of all when we talked about the grandson of Rehoboam I think it was, I can't remember the name right now, who was righteous and was surrounded by enemy armies. He was told by a prophet to wait and trust the Lord, and the Lord caused the armies to fight each other and were destroyed. Elder's Quorum the lesson was on the talk by Elder Martino, called "All Things Work Together for Good". Basically, the whole day was saying "Yes, you should trust Me and the Holy Ghost. The answer you received was from Me."
So, it's now gone. I'm kind of sad, but I trust that the best will come of it.
I'm grateful for my testimony, and Heavenly Father's love.