Friday, January 4, 2008


One of my very good friends sent this to me in an email and I thought this would be the PERFECT time to share it with everyone. As we begin the New Year (like Annie says, 2008 It's going to be GREAT!) I thought it would be nice to remember who is in control!

Bike Ride With God

When I first met Christ
It seemed as though life was 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.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed.
Gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy.
He said, "Give the gifts away;
They're extra baggage, too much weight."
So I did, I gave them to the people we met,
And I found that in giving I received,
And 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,
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 anymore,
He just smiles and says...

"Blue Bicycle"
by Stephen Bergstrom

Pedaling like a maniac,

14 Mel's World Friends Comments:

eph2810 10:31 AM  

Oh Mel - that is so cool. I have never read this.
It is so true - the placed He takes us are incredible - if we let Him pedal.
Thank you so much for sharing this.

Blessings on your weekend and always.

justabeachkat 1:33 PM  

Mel....I LOVE this. I'm going to copy it and keep it nearby to read periodically. Thanks for sharing!


the mother of this lot 1:52 PM  

I love this. I think I'm pedalling like a maniac too!

Monkey Giggles 2:19 PM  

Oh and how I am so happy HE is the one in control.

Heather@Mommymonk 3:54 PM  

Mel, I just saw you at Lysa T's and here I see you share some of my favorite friends like Iris, Sue, Sharon B...CWO girls!
Anyhow, What a great poem! I love it and I'm feeling the negative artic air flowing through my frozen hair... :) Nice to meet you!

Alana 4:35 PM  

Hi Mel! Are you enjoying that cool weather? It is actually warm here today...about 66. It is probably warming up there as well. My husband is from south Florida, his parents still live there. A visit sounds pretty nice right now ;-)

Anonymous 4:56 PM  

Mel, thanks for sharing that, I really enjoyed it. Do you think it would work for our motorcycle?? lol!!

Cheryl 5:39 PM  

Hi Mel,
Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. I'm pretty new to the bloggin' world, so I get excited when I met someone new! I will definitely be adding you to my favs, even if you are an Auburn girl! I have a cousin who is about to graduate from Auburn and she has been slowly brain-washing my children with AU shirts, caps, etc!!!
Thanks for sharing the bicycle poem.
Take care!

Ang baylis 8:13 PM  

Hi Melissa!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am going to spend some time reading your posts. What I've seen so far I LOVE! Don't you just love this blogland? I sure have met a lot of amazing women. It is nice meeting you!

I really enjoyed this poem...I guess I'll just pedal!
Great words!
Angie xoxo

Anonymous 8:14 PM  

Hola Amiga, I can only say WOW!!! That was amazing. Love, Jules

Ang baylis 12:43 AM  

Just read your comment on The Preacher's Wife's blog. Do you know about the Siesta Fiesta in San Antonio? If you want info you can e-mail me and I'll give you all of the details. It will be a blast! I hope you can join us!

Mel's World with Melissa Mashburn 1:53 PM  

Guys, I am so psyched to see SO many of us pedaling like maniacs...and Deb, I am not sure, but I think you could count the motorcycle! ;) Ha!

freetofly 3:15 PM  

And I am learning to shut up
and pedal in the strangest places

LOVE this part! Great thoughts! I just got an e-mail that goes w/this perfect...I will send it to ya' later!

Ally 7:43 AM  

This was great! I have never seen it before, and really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it!

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