I first came across this story a little over twenty years ago. Today, this story is one that would be passed around in e-mails. Back then, they were copied, and recopied, and recopied as they were passed from person to person. I soon forget most such stories, but this one has stayed with me, maybe because I identify all too closely with the bike rider. I have lost the original, so what follows is my memory of the story.
“Shortly after experiencing and embracing God’s love, embarking on his new life a man received a gift from God, a tandem bicycle. Automatically taking the front seat, he got on it to take a ride, and Jesus got on in the rear seat. They set out and things were shaky at first, but as he learned to balance with someone riding behind him, they progressed on down the road. Things did not go smoothly. There were many potholes in the road, and it seemed that they hit most, if not all of them. Sometimes when the road forked, they took the wrong fork and got lost. Many times, they tumbled over.
Somewhere along the way, after one of those tumbles, the man got on the back and let Jesus have the front seat. Things were much better after that. Jesus knew how to make that bike fly over the potholes. They always took the right fork, never got lost; in fact, Jesus knew some amazing shortcuts. He also knew some fantastic scenic roads that they traveled slowly to take it all in. Whenever the man asked where they were going next, Jesus just smiled and said, “Pedal.”
Are you still on the front seat of your bike ride?
Loving God continue to lead us on our journey with Christ leading the way on the front seat. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory.