Biking through Life

As I think about it, I see that there are five ways to ride a bicycle. You can ride a bicycle all by yourself, just you on a bike going where you want to go. You can ride with a group and follow the crowd. You can ride beside someone else until you decide to head off in the direction you want to go. You can ride a tandem with yourself in front, in control. Finally, you can ride in the second seat of a tandem, allowing the person in front to dictate where you go.

These are similar to the five ways we can relate to God. Which way do we want to describe our relationship with Him?

Like the biker who bikes alone, we can ignore God completely. We can live as if He doesn’t exist.

We can hang around people of faith. We may even attend a church. We can do so and still not relate personally to God.

We can have God ride beside us. We ride together as long as His way agrees with what we want to do and where we want to go. When it’s different, we part ways and do whatever we want, with Him taking the high road and we taking the low road.

We can ride through life in tandem with Him, but with Him in the back of the bike. We want Him along, with His backpack of whatever we need when we need it. “God, I need this.” “God, I need that.” He’s along for the ride to help us pedal and go where we want to go and do what we want to do.

Then there’s the right way! We let God be in front. We let Him have the real handlebars. We yield to Him. He’s in charge, and we follow along.

When it comes to you and me biking through life, the ultimate question is “Where’s God?” What’s our answer?

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

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