Jesus and I were riding a tandem bicycle. At first, I sat in front; Jesus in the rear. I couldn’t
see him, but I knew he was there. I could feel his help when the road got
steep. Then one day we changed seats. Suddenly everything went topsy-turvy.
When I was in control, the ride was predictable-even boring. But when
Jesus took over, it got wild! I could hardly hold on. “This is madness!” I
cried out. But Jesus just smiled-and said, “Pedal!”
And so I learned to shut up and pedal-and trust my bike companion. Oh,
there are still times when I get scared and I’m ready to quit. But Jesus turns
around, touches my hand, smiles, and says, "Pedal!" Author Unknown
I am a lover of front seats; I have to admit it. With a full
view of the road ahead, I am pedaling as fast or slow as I want, and I steer
the bike wherever I want to go.
I know I got into a ‘bike path’ rut. Confession: I am an
avid volunteer. There wasn’t a committee or job I
wouldn’t turn down. “Sure, I’ll do it” I’d reply. It's for my church
community, so it must be a good thing, right? And maybe you’ve experienced this
too-if you say ‘yes’ enough, you become the go-to gal for projects.
Bide ride after bike ride I’d travel down the same road. Commission
Chair, Committee Member, Small Group Organizer, music minister, bake sale
baker, sure. I’ll do that. But you know what? I think I was boring myself a little bit too. I started to think, "Yes, I can do it. But should I be doing it?"
Only in the last couple of years or so have I allowed Jesus
to come on up and switch seats. I climbed in the back and started pedaling. Oh man, what a
ride. I’ve become a Nana twice. My husband has been unemployed for over a year.
I pulled back at church a bit. I started this blog. My mother and my mother-in-law
died. It’s been pretty…eventful.
The same things would have happened if I was in the front,
but I would have fooled myself into believing I had some kind of control over
all this stuff. Which I don’t. I
never did. From the back seat, I can just pedal and know that Jesus will lead
me through it all, and I’ll be o.k..
I’ll tell you, it’s never boring. Sometimes, I fall back into
my old way of thinking and I tell Jesus we should switch back again. Some of
this stuff is hard and I’d rather think I’m in control. But Jesus will
still smile at me, and still encourage my pathetic pedaling.
I’m not too sure where we are going. Jesus is navigating, so
who can say? But I’m glad I’m not in the front…for today anyway. Every day it’s
a struggle to not jump off and bump Jesus to the rear. But I know he doesn’t belong
there. That’s my spot.
Comment Question for the day: Are you in the front seat of the bike, or the back?
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