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Tandem Traveling

I first saw Christ 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 recognised his picture when I saw it, but I didn't really know him.

But later on, when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride. But it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was on 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.

Christ makes life exciting, when I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring and 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 passages at break neck speeds. It was all I could do to hold 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 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 who had gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey, our journey, my Lord and mine.

And we were off again. He said, 'give the gifts away; they're extra weight'. So I did, to the people we met, and 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 a bike's secrets, how to make it take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

And I'm learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places and I'm beginning to enjoy the cool breeze on my face with my constant companion Christ.

And just when I'm sure I can't do any more, he just smiles and says, "Pedal."

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