This short vignette, “Just Pedal”, was given to me many years ago. The person who sent it to me was very aware of my struggles and was compelled to share it with me. Although that person is no longer a part of my life, I continue to have a great love and respect for them in many ways.
When I read this for the first time, it took me completely by surprise. I was new in sobriety and new in my rediscovered faith. Quite honestly it brought me to tears! I was so appreciative to have read it and I thank God for that every day. It still touches me deeply and still brings that great sense of gratitude as it did the first time I read it.
Unfortunately the author is unknown, but the meaning is very clear!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
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. Later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. 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, “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 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 my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ. And when I’m sure I just can’t do it anymore, He just smiles and says…
God bless you my brothers and sisters, love to all!
And when you feel down or scared… remember… just pedal!!
”Whatever your pain, there will always be sunshine after the rain,
You may stumble, perhaps even fall,
But God’s always there, to help you through it all.”