The Road Of Life

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 16, 2008

At first, I saw 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 there sort of like a picture of a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.

Later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life was like a bike ride, on a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t recall when he suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, it was rather boring, and predictable . . . It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew the exciting paths to take, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds — it was all I could do to just hang on! At times it seemed like madness. He said: “Pedal!”

And by faith I did, although I worried and was anxious. “Where are you taking me?” He laughed, but no answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure.

When I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people that had gifts that I needed. Gifts of healing, acceptance, love, and joy. So many priceless gifts to take on my journey — my Lord’s and mine. Then we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away — they’re extra baggage now — there’ll be more gifts to come.” So I did, I gave them to people we met, and found that in giving I also received, and my burden was lighter.

I didn’t trust him at first to be in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it — but I discovered he knows how to handle even the roughest roads in my life. Now I’m learning to be quiet and pedal in the strangest places. I’m beginning to enjoy the view, the challenge of the ride, as well as the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion — Jesus Christ.

When it seems I just can’t take anymore, I keep my eyes and faith on Him. He looks at me, with a big smile, and says: “. . . Keep on Pedaling.”

Addendum — Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious hand.”

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22 comments
  1. Very relevant to my post ‘the beginning without end’ 19th Dec 2012!! Very very good as always:)

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  2. Fantastic story! I have experienced this first hand just this last year when I completely relinquished controls to Jesus. I have since, switched career path, dived headfirst into absolute uncertainty and, been taken to some very high places. Trusting totally in God is always hard at first, it requires an additional step of faith that most of us are too afraid to make. I know. I was that way. It is the most incredible feeling, letting go of your own self reliance and leaning on God for direction.

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  3. Great post – the story of my life! Five cups of delicious, hot coffee (and a smoothie on the side). God bless, Kenny T! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  4. I guess sitting on the back of a tandem bike is one way to “Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.” The view may not change, but the path sure does. Thanks for your continued dedication in posting encouraging and uplifting stories!

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  5. Beautiful, Kenny. I’m preparing Hope Books for newly diagnosed cancer patients. I would love to include this! It is so encouraging . . . just what they may need to get through the day. Thanks so much for the stories you share. They touch me more than I can say. God bless. Connie

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  6. Have loved this piece since I heard this several years ago. It has such insight! Keep pedaling!

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  7. I enjoy your posts every single time! Although you may not need this at all, I nominated you for a star for “Blog of the year Award” Check my post “Jesus Boot Camp” to get your award. God bless you!,

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  8. Well I surely enjoyed my bike ride, and I posted it on my FACEBOOK, read the ROYAL PARDON ON MY BLOG.
    pAUL d. hUDON

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  9. MrTheKidd said:

    That’s an excellent analogy, a really clear picture of what it means to be discipled.

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  10. Wow! My FAITH just grew more as I read this. Following his plan isn’t always the easiest thing to do; sometimes it does seem like the heat is rising, and my head a below water, considering the fact that I can’t swim….BUT GOD!!! In the end; I understand that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR MY GOOD!!!!!
    Great Post:) Inspiring.

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  11. stayton said:

    I love this quote so started searching the internet. :
    One website gives credit to Tim Hansel as author of this quote, from his book “Holy Sweat” (http://wandascountryhome.com/pedal/)
    Then I looked up Tim Hansel and found a great summary of his life at http://filatore.blogspot.com/2010/01/tim-hansel-1941-2009.html.
    Have now ordered the book (used from Amazon) – because people really seem to like it – so will find out if the quote is from Holy Sweat. Will let you know.

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