As I enter the new year, I often reflect on the past and seek God’s vision for the year ahead. In recent years I have come to realize the vision gets clearer as I journey toward it, and it can also take me in some unexpected directions. For this reason, I pay attention to the people and circumstances God allows in my life so that I can make the necessary adjustments to realize the vision and draw me into a closer, more intimate relationship with Him. This has helped me to appreciate the journey and to be aware of the obstacles along the way.
Learning to Appreciate the Ride
Years ago, I read a story of our journey with Christ, which I have included below:
“The Road of Life” By Tim Hansel
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 president.
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.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me 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 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 any more, He just smiles and says, “Pedal.”
The Excitement of 2019
As we take our ride with Christ in 2019, I am excited and thankful for the C3 community of Kingdom-minded believers that walk out their faith as the individuals, alliances (non-profits), businesses, and churches that positively impact our communities throughout the great state of South Carolina.
God has prepared us for such a time as this, so let us enter the year with excitement and great expectation for what He will do in and through us this year. The Apostle Paul said it better than I can in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.