The King's Gardeners Ministries
Reverend S. L. Gardner
Spokane, Washington US
- Just Pedal -
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
God, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem
bike, and I noticed that God was at the back, helping me pedal.
I don't know when it was
that he suggested that 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.
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. 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 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 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 God as my delightful constant companion.
And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore, He just smiles and says,
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