A Tandem Ride with God

I found this poem several years ago. I reread it often. It always inspires me to think of my relationship and walk with my Lord. It always uplifts me and encourages me to let go and trust Him. It encourages me to be bold in my faith walk. I hope you, too, find inspiration in it.

I used to think of 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 didn’t really know Him.

But later on, when I met Jesus, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike,
But it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Jesus was in the back helping me pedal.
I didn’t know just when it was He suggested we change,
But life has not been the same since I took the back-seat to Jesus, my Lord.

He makes life exciting.
When I had control, I thought 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 and at break-through speeds;
It was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it often looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!”

I was worried and 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 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 their gifts to take on my journey,
Our 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 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 bike secrets,
Knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
Jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

And 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.

And when I’m sure I just can’t do any more, He just smiles and says . . . “Pedal.”

(Author unknown)

2 thoughts on “A Tandem Ride with God”

  1. I really like this Poem. And I find that it is fact true in my life as well. I made a small cross a few years ago from some small olive branch that my son picked up off of the ground in Bethlehem while he was on an extended missions trip. The branch was so small all I could do is put some sticks together, but in the process the two sticks up and two across became my Gal.2:20 cross. ” I am crucified WITH Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ LIVES in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” So like the tandem ride, we can do Nothing without Christ, in our lives. Nothing meaningful or lasting, that is.

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