Finding God on a Double Decker Bus in London

By Karen O’Connor:

I’m finding that God leads me best and there’s no need to panic — on a double decker bus or elsewhere — when I allow Him to take the wheel.


This London double decker bus is enclosed on top--but also has no driver.  ;-)

This London double decker bus is enclosed on top–but also has no driver. ;-)

What fun it was for Amy to be invited to lead women’s groups to London on a tour of tearooms. Not only was she tickled to have this opportunity—something she felt God had planted in her mind years before­­––but she enjoyed being with a group of women who had never been on such a trip before.Their laughter and exclamations made all the preparation worthwhile. For many this was a vacation of a lifetime. Little did she or I, when I toured the city, dream of finding God on a double-decker bus in London.

Amy recalled with a smile the first group she took. “None of the ladies had been to England before so everything was new and they were like little kids, taking in the sights and sounds as though they were at an amusement park.”

That is, until something happened that set her back.

One afternoon, the women had gathered at the street curb, eager for their first ride on one of the double deckers. “As we boarded the bus,” said Amy, “most of the gals decided to sit downstairs to be out of the damp weather and to protect their hair from the wind. A few, however, were brave enough to sit on the top deck. I split my time between both so neither group would feel left out. I wanted to be certain everyone heard what I had to say.

The women downstairs were attentive and happy and asked observant questions. When Amy walked up the stairs to speak to those on the upper level, however, she noticed some passengers sitting like soldiers on alert. Not a word was spoken and most of them clutched the seats in front of them. It appeared to be a white knuckle ride!

“Is anything wrong?” Amy asked. “We’re having a great time downstairs, but you don’t appear to be enjoying yourselves.”

One of the ladies looked up with a touch of fear in her eyes. “Well,” she said, in a small voice, “that’s because you have a driver!”

This cute story reminds me of how often I try to white-knuckle my way through life without a driver. But I don’t have to live this way. God will lead me if I’m willing to turn the wheel over to him and then relax for the long ride through life. Here is what he promises in the Bible.

God will show me the path of life. (Psalm 16:11)

God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. He will guide me with His eye. (Psalm 32:8)

I hear Jesus’ voice and He calls me by name and leads me out. Jesus goes before me and I follow him, for I know his voice. I will by no means follow a stranger. (John 10:3-5)

You too can find God in your life, whether you ride on a double decker bus in London or stay in your own neighborhood. We all need and want a ‘driver’ to direct our paths and show us the way through the streets of life, safe and secure in the only one who knows what is best for us—our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Find out more about Jesus and what he teaches by digging into a Christian bible. Look here for help.

And for a bit of fun related to double decker buses, view this YouTube video showing a double decker bus in London doing push-ups as a promotion for the 2012 London Olympics.


©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  


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