Bicycle Built for Two

(an excerpt from How Can I Let Go if I Don’t Know I’m Holding On? by Linda Douty)

At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die.  God was out there sort of like the President.  I recognized the picture, but I didn’t really know God.

But later on, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed God was in the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was that God suggested we trade places, but life has not been the same since.  It’s much more exciting.

When I had control, I knew the way.  It was rather boring, but predictable.  It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when God took the lead, God knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds; it was all I could do to hang on.  Even though it looked like madness, God said, “Pedal”.

I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”  God laughed and didn’t answer, but I started to trust.

I forgot my boring life and entered into the new adventure.  And when I’d say, “I’m scared”, God would reach back and touch my hand.

God 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…my journey with God.

And we were off again.  God 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 God at first, in control of my life.  I thought we would wreck.  But God knows “bike secrets”—how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to be quiet and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my constant companion, the Spirit of God.

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

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