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