The Road of Life

Pastor Kerry Shook shared the following poem, titled “The Road of Life”, by an unknown author to initiate our 21 Daily Encounters With Christ journey…

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. 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 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 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 anymore, He just smiles and says. . . “Pedal.”

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  • Rachael Fuqua

    I enjoyed Pastor’s introduction and look forward to every day learning how to walk closer to Christ.

  • Carlton Fuqua

    I really liked the surmon sunday, the powerpoint presentation was well done. I dont do facebook, thanks anyway.

  • Erin Hall

    What a profound, and genious way that a pastor keep’s us “connected”. I am so thankful for this church… This is how I learn, and I am SO excited to go on this adventure. I am ready to dig in. I’m ready to let Jesus be my guide, and just pedal!
    Thank-you Woodlands Church for inspiring this journey with this idea. I LOVE it!


  • brandon blackmon

    Great introduction to the book of john. Look forward to day two.

  • lisa bass

    Thanks, for sharing this poem . It is a great encouragement for us to know that we must push forward and always have hope for the best to come.

  • Connie Lopez

    Thank you Pastor Kerry Shook, your teachings have changed my life as well as my husbands. thanks to you and your church we are now baptized and learning every day. God bless you!!!

  • Greg Grant

    The use of the Tandem bike to demonstrate not only how Men feel like they must be in control, but more importantly using this analogy to show us all what our Father God is saying to us: LGLG

    Thank you for always making the service meaningful to so many!


  • Jimmy Rife

    God bless Kerry & Chris Shook, for spreading the Word of God to everyone you can and everywhere you can. You have been instrumental in helping me find my way back to church and to keeping me wanting to learn more. Your Sunday P.M. services are a weekly motivation for me. Since getting baptized in July 2010 at your church, I can tell you that you are doing amazing things, and I am grateful for your overwhelming commitment to sharing God’s wisdom with me and making your church MY church.
    I look forward to each week what you have in store for My family and I. Keep up the great work. You have truly been a blessing.I am sure that the “21 daily encounters with Christ” will be an educational journey for us all.

  • lidia

    Es hermoso ver como dejar que el senor tome control de nuestra vida canvia el caracter y la forma de ver la vida y aprendemos a amar o tolerar a los demas.