So I'm a few days late on the Monday thing.. but here it is.
One of my favorite stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul is The Bike Ride. One, because I love bike riding; and two, I love the analogy.
Here is an excerpt:
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 the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn't really know Him.
But later on when I recognized my 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 He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since . . . life with my 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 He took the lead, He 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, He said, "Pedal!"
Last weekend we took a trip to Bryce Canyon. We took the long way with some dear friends in their RV. At one point in the journey we were driving up a canyon with cliffs on both sides. From where I was sitting in the RV, all I could see out the window was the drop off. I seriously covered my eyes in fear. Yet we made it safely to our destination and saw some amazing sights.
I know when I let go, and let God take control of my life, it can be a little scary. I may close my eyes for a moment, but I need to learn to trust and have faith. In return, He will make more out of my life than I ever could riding by myself.
Song of the Week: Clay in His Hands (another analogy of giving your life to the Lord) by Jessie Clark Funk