Friday, August 31, 2012

Life Crossing-Look Both Ways!

"Everyone has a race, a journey set before them.
There will be obstacles to overcome. Paths to cross that can be hazardous to your health. Branches that may appear strong yet are frail under the weight of your goals. Pavement that is hot beneath your feet of forgiveness.
Focus on the journey the Lord has set before you...Enjoy each step, for its purpose is to help you arrive at your destiny. Exercise your trust & stretch the muscles of your faith
Here is another beautiful day- on your mark...get set...prayerfully- GO! Look both ways before challenging the roads occupied by fast moving, quick talking humans...just a suggestion from those who cross these highways of life on a regular basis- please, try not to harm them...Rather ~ learn from them.
Sometimes, God will speak to you through the innocence of His creation...Are you paying attention?"

Friday, August 10, 2012


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 a celebrity. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him. But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ 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.
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 at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!" 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.
I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure, and when I'd say, "I'm scared," He'd lean back and touch my hand. I gained love, peace, acceptance and joy; gifts to take on my journey, My Lord's and mine. And we were off again.
He 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 yet still, our burden was light. I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck it; but he knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, and knows how to fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I'm sure I just can't do it anymore, He just smiles and says..."Pedal."