As I write this, we have all just celebrated the 243rd anniversary of our national Independence Day, the day we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.We celebrate this day because it symbolizes the breaking away from oppression and tyranny. It represents freedom not only for our country, but for each of us as individuals.

In a similar way we see ourselves as independent when we ride our motorcycles, alone and out in the wind, experiencing the solitude of the road and the rumble of the machine. In control, and independent in a way that many cannot understand.

We talk about independent riders, and we were all independents at one time, but now we think of ourselves as club members, a like minded group of individuals that come together to enjoy brotherhood, motorcycling and comradery.

While we still think of ourselves, individually, as independent, we join a club because it gives us a connection to our brothers and sisters that goes beyond simply riding to our favorite restaurant or bar.

Our brotherhood gives us a sense of support in good times and bad. We joined a club or ride group or ministry because we wanted to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We are stronger together.

You know, every organization has a leader, someone who encourages the members to stay on track. Guidelines are given so all members can work together in unity and peace. We don’t consider that our club’s rules or guidelines take away our freedoms because we understand their purpose. For me, and I pray for all of us, that leader is Jesus Christ. He guides out paths, He provides for our needs. He is someone we can truly trust.

In Matthew 11:29-30 Jesus said “Accept my guidance and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.”

You see, it’s all about trust. When we trust God with our lives, He will bring peace, contentment, joy and satisfaction to our lives.

I desire to Trust God in all things, how about you?