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. God was out there sort of like the President. I recognize his picture when I see it, but I don’t really know him.

But later on when I recognized this Higher Power, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride. But it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was that God suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since. Life with this Higher Power, that is. God makes life 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, we found 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, 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,” God would lean 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, our journey, God’s and mine. 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 this Higher Power at first, being in control of my life. I thought God would wreck it. But God knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places. And I am beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face, traveling with my delightful constant companion … God.

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

…. Author unknown