It was junior year, classes were hard and packed with information. So I did not understand why our professor took the time in our weekly class for us to read a poem about a bike. Little did I know, my perspective on life was about to change. The poem is by an unknown author, most links I found point it out as an excerpt from a book by Tim Hansel, but I included a link at the bottom of this webpage to read for yourself.
The poem talks about life as a tandem bike ride. As a Christian, when we give our lives to God, in the poem, He begins to lead the journey. The rider takes twists and turns that they never would have planned or imagined. These turns seem dangerous and exciting, as the rider learns to trust in God as the director of our lives.
I have ridden a tandem bike. They are really not fun and do not work well when you are trying to go one way while the leader is pointing in the other direction. Similarly, our lives are not our own. Life is far too short and temporary to live anything less than in an extraordinary way. Try as we might, we could never accomplish that on our own. The roads are too rough and too far up ahead for us to know how it will all turn. Too many things are out of our control that we will exhaust ourselves of resources and sanity to keep up with all the little details. Thankfully, as Christians, we can take comfort in the fact that our lives are secure in the hands of the One who created the world, who created us and our journey, and loved us enough to sacrifice His only son (Colossians 1:17, John 3:16).
So many times we have our plan of how our lives are supposed to go. We like what is normal, what fits with our plan, how to mold our choices to fit our desires of how we think life is supposed to go. But then God throws us for a loop, the plan changes, and you can be left scrambling to pick up the pieces. You try to put them together of how you think they should go, or take rest in knowing he sees the big picture. When you trust God with all aspects of your life, the big and small, the unimaginable happens, and you get to partake in a grander adventure of love and life you could have come up with on your own.
Faith is not easy. It is hard to jump off the ledge of our own securities and ideas. But in the end it will be worth it, since we are secure and looking to Christ. When our eyes are fixed on Him, all the rest falls into the periphery.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2