Friday, October 23, 2015

A Tandem Ride With God

A Tandem Ride With God 

I used to think of God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there, sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn't really know Him.

But later on, when I met Jesus, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Jesus was in the back helping me pedal. I didn't know just when it was He suggested we change, but life has not been the same since I took the back-seat to Jesus, my Lord. He makes life exciting. When I had control, I thought I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. 

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at break-through speeds; it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it often looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!" I was worried and anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into adventure. And when I'd say, "I'm scared", He'd lean back and touch my hand. 

He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey, our journey, my Lord's and mine. And we were off again. He said, "Give the gifts away; they're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found in giving I received, and still our burden was light. 

I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck it, but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus. 

And when I'm sure I just can't do any more, He just smiles and says... "Pedal." 
(Author unknown) 

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  1. Lovely thoughts. It is true that our gifts are not meant to be kept, but to be shared to inspire and encourage others along the way. Have a blessed weekend. Tammy

  2. Great post Marcia! He is riding on my bike with me too:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

  3. Isn't that a GREAT piece. I love it....and what's the old saying? If you fall off your bicycle get right back on and start pedaling. I am good at "falling off". xo Diana

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  4. Wowwww beautiful post...Amen to That! love love Ria x

  5. I forget to say...always when i look back in my life i see God who helped me going throw things....but now i am learning to live my life with him next to i can feel him every minute on my site.....and try to don't look back on things but life my live day by is hard but i trust on his Ria x

  6. I loved this. I needed to read this. Thank you :)


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