08/15/15 Weekend Grif.Net – Like Riding a Bike

08/15/15 Weekend Grif.Net – Like Riding a Bike

At first, I saw God as my Judge, an observer keeping track of the things I
did wrong. I knew I could never merit heaven when I die, no matter how many
good things I did. 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 as personal Savior, it seemed as though life
was rather like a bike ride . . on a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ
was in the back helping me pedal. I can’t recall 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, “Pedal!” I worried and was
anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer,
and I started to learn to 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. I gained love, peace, acceptance and joy; gifts to take on my journey,
my Lord’s and mine. And we were off again.

He said, “Give your ‘things’ away. They’re extra baggage, and add 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 have to admit that at first I did not trust Him to steer and control my
life. I thought He’d wreck it. But evidently He knows bike secrets, knows
how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high
rocks, knows how to fly to shorten the scary passages. Now I am learning to
shut up and pedal 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 tired and sure I just can’t do it anymore, He just smiles and
says, “Pedal.”


Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”