Uncertain Future

As Nancy and I contemplate our future, there is a lot of uncertainty. How are things going to work out? We’re moving to a new state and going to live with our daughter. Will we get on each other’s nerves? Will we be able to find jobs? What does the future hold?


I don’t like it when I can’t see what’s ahead. But we believe that what we are doing is in God’s will. And we believe that although we don’t know what the future holds, we know that God does.


As I contemplate my uncertain future, the following poem really speaks to my situation. Maybe it speaks to you as well.

“The Bike Ride”

“At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong so as to know whether or not I merited heaven or hell when I died. He was out there sort of as a President. I recognized his picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know him.


But later on when I met Christ, it seemed that life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike ride. And I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me to peddle. I don’t know just how it was that he suggested that we change places (he in front and me in back), but life has never been the same since.


When I had control I knew the way. It was rather boring, but it was always predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when he took the lead, he knew delightful long cuts – up mountains, through rocky places, at break neck speeds. It was all that I could do to hang on, and even though it looked like madness he would say, “Just peddle.” I was worried and anxious so I asked, “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and that’s when I learned that I was going to have to trust him.


I forgot my boring life and every adventure. And when I’d say I was scared, he’d lean back and just touch my  hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. He gave me gifts to take on our journey, and off we were again, and he would say, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.”


And so I did to people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and the journey continued and our burden was light. I did not trust him at first to take control of my life. I thought he’d wreck it, but he knew bike secrets. He knew how to make those sharp turns, and how to jump to clear high rocks, and do things I could never have done if I were in control.


And I am learning to just be quiet and peddle in the strangest places. I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze with my delightful companion.


And when I’m not sure I can do it anymore, he smiles and says, “Just peddle my friend, just peddle …”

Whenever I fear the unknown, I simply place my trust in the One who knows the future and take His hand. I trust in the One who tells me that I’m worth more than many sparrows.


Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31, NIV)


Are you facing uncertain days? Make sure that Jesus is in control of your bike, then just peddle and enjoy the ride.