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 helping me.

    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 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, "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 scary passages.

    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. . . "Hold On."

    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.






Margi Harrel

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Feb 21, 2003