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 Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a
horse ride, but it was a tandem horse, and I noticed Christ was in the back
I don't know just when it was that He suggested 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
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, "Hold On!"
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 with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance
and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord's and mine.
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 horse secrets, knows how to guide them to take sharp
corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten
And I am learning to shut up and hold on in the strangest places, and I'm
beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my
delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore, He just smiles and says. . .
This story is adapted from an email title
"The Bike Ride". When I was searching for an inspirational background I found this beautiful background from Moon and Back Graphics from the awesome picture from Alan Ayers.
The Author to "The Bike Ride" is Unknown.