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 have been working my way through the book of Acts, and I see this poem coming alive through the apostle Paul. I could use several examples, but let me focus on one that has really struck me. In Acts 23:11, the Lord stands near Paul and tells him, "Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome." Yes, I wonder what it means that the Lord stood near. Was this a vision or what? More importantly, Jesus gives Paul a hint of what he is to do next, go to Rome.
This is where it gets crazy or exciting or adventuresome - whatever word you want to use. The very next day the Jews plot to take Paul's life, yet Paul's nephew overhears the plans which helps save Paul. Paul is then transferred from Jerusalem to Caesarea during the night. After that trip, he then has a trial before Felix five days later. Felix wants to please the Jews, and though he knows Paul is innocent, Paul is left under guard for two years. So, on the one hand Jesus tells Paul that he will be going to Rome, on the next hand he is imprisoned for two years. After another trial before another dignitary and justice still not occurring, he appeals to Caesar. The judge agrees to send him to Rome to let Caesar judge. Before that happens, he goes on trial again before Agrippa. This guy thinks he should have been set free. Then comes the voyage to Rome which involves a shipwreck with the ship being destroyed. Eventually, Paul ends up in Rome.
Yes, Paul got to Rome as Jesus said, but what an amazing ride! God provides a life of adventure as we obey him. No, I don't promise you trips to Rome or anywhere else, but he will lead us and take us to places that we never dreamed. Hold on! When you ride with Jesus, he brings you an adventure.