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JUST KEEP PEDALING

When an idea comes to mind or an illustration brings a certain truth out for us to see, they all are worthy of us letting them teach us simple truths. When I read this article, it spoke to me about things I may not think of every day that is so true. I hope you enjoy the message it brings.

The person who wrote this said that at first, they saw God as their observer, their judge, keeping track of the things they did wrong, helping them to know whether they should go to heaven or hell when they die. He was out there sort of like a President of the Universe. They recognized His picture when they looked up into the sky at night. But had to confess, they really didn’t know Him.

So, this was their testimony: The day came when I finally met God through His Son. It dawned on me that sometimes life is like riding a tandem bicycle, and I noticed, at the time, that God was at the back, helping me pedal my way through life’s ups and downs.

I don’t know when it was that He suggested that we change places. After we did, life has not been the same since then. When I was in control, I believed I knew the right way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful paths, 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 just kept saying, “Trust Me, and just keep pedaling!” 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 His leadership. I forgot my boring life and entered into a great adventure with Him. And when I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d reach 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 along on my journey. And we were off again. He said, “give those gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” And that’s what I did, to the people we met, even though I didn’t know them, and I found that in giving what I received, pedaling the bicycle got easier.

At first, I didn’t trust Him being totally in control of my life and destiny. I thought we might have an accident if I wasn’t steering the bicycle. But I found out He knew how to keep bicycle going steady and straight; how to make it lean to take sharp corners; how to jump to clear obstacles in the way, and how to zoom through scary passages. And I am learning to just shut up and pedal even if I don’t know where we are going, and I’m enjoying the scenery and the cool breeze on my face with God as my delightful constant companion.

And when there are times, I’m not sure I can make it, the hills seem too high and long, when I tell Him how I feel like giving up, He just smiles and says, “Keep pedaling.” Then He also reminds me of what He said in His Word: “There are a lot of great people who’ve gone along these same trails who should be an example to us. The way they made it all the way through telling us much about what real faith means and can do. Therefore, we, too, should stay on the road that lies before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the mistakes caused by inattention that so often makes us have a fall. We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the designer of the course, and He is the one who can keep us going. After all, He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy He could see waiting for Him. And now He is sitting at the right side of God’s throne, wanting us to join Him.”[1]

Consequently, we must not let tiredness, disappointments, suggestions that we take a break or those who lie to us about what’s up ahead if we keep going this way. With God’s Holy Spirit in control, we know He knows the way and has never failed to get those who ride with Him through to God’s intended goal for us. Believe what He says about holding on and staying firm in our commitment to go all the way. That’s why, when we may start thinking it isn’t worth the time and trouble, don’t be surprised if God’s Spirit whispers, “Just keep pedaling.”

Who can read this without thinking about what it says in Scripture that we are to trust God from the bottom of our heart; don’t try to figure out everything on our own? Listen for God’s voice in everything we do, everywhere we go; He’s the one who will keep us on track. Don’t assume that we know it all.[2] And Jesus, our Messiah, told us that until He returns to gather His saints, that He would send the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide us into the true way of following God’s will.[3] But the real question for us is: are we willing to listen and to follow His lead? And like the person says in this illustration when you are in doubt He may say, “Trust me, and just keep pedaling. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

[1]Hebrews 12: 1-2

[2] Proverbs 3:6 – The Message

[3] John 16:13

[1]Hebrews 12: 1-2

[2] Proverbs 3:6 – The Message

[3] John 16:13

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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