Just Pedal

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 21, 2011

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

But later on, when I met God, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was at the back, helping me pedal.

I don’t know when it was that He suggested that we change places, but life has not been the same since. When I had control 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 at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on!

Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!” I worried and was 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 the 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 gifts to take on my journey. 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 that 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, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to 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 God as my delightful constant companion.

And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says,

“Pedal!”

 

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8 comments
  1. Reblogged this on A Really Full Life and commented:
    I’m almost afraid to say anything because I don’t want to say the wrong thing and have you decide not to read this post from Morning Story and Dilbert. Just read it, please. You’ll laugh, but from now you’ll hear God answer, Just Pedal!

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    • Sherry said:

      Pedaling every single day! ❤ Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙂 I’ve been a believer over 40 years and this is one of the greatest descriptions of the Christian life I’ve ever heard. I reblogged it too. Bless you & please keep writing.

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  3. Sue C. said:

    I love the analogy of it being a bike ride. My book, “Sacrifices of a Saint,” I used a roller coaster for the journey He took me on. Still on the ride. 🙂

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  4. Yup, that’s what this Christian “ride” is like, alright. Especially appreciated the paragraph about gifts that we receive, then turn around and give away. In addition to the healing, acceptance, and joy mentioned in the essay, I’d add encouragement, patience, and help. There are probably dozens more. I love the way God supplies, then provides ways for us to participate as suppliers to others! As always, thank you, Kenny, for providing worthwhile food for thought.

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