Here I sit, thinking about life and how it reminds me of a roller coaster ride, I remember as a kid how much I loved the roller coaster, not that I got to ride one very often. But, boy was I excited when I had the opportunity, as I would climb in the seat, lock down the safety bar, and wait for the car to start moving. The anticipation was amazing, then up we’d go, higher than I had ever been, I loved being up high, while looking down at how small the world seemed to be. Then almost without warning down we’d go, at an unbelievable rate of speed, and there would be a mixture of excitement and fear while my stomach rose up into my throat. Then just as my stomach would settle, up we’d go again, and then down. If I was really lucky, I’d get to go on a roller coaster with a corkscrew, up and down, round and round.
I’m not like that kid I was once was, I can’t ride the roller coaster any more, it makes me sick. On a good day I can ride the little kid roller coaster at Six Flags with my boys, and I can do that only after a lot of begging and praying that my lunch stays with me. I once used to take life’s ups and downs as they came, enjoying the ride so to speak, but now, at the age of almost 50, life seems to be more like riding a roller coaster. The thought of having to go up and down, round and round, makes me anxious. I miss those days of enjoying the ride.
Is it possible to still enjoy the ride that life offers as an adult? Inevitably there will be trouble, whether they are seemingly impossible troubles or just little annoyances, they will come, and as I sat pondering this question today I was reminded that I am not riding alone. When I was a kid, I never rode the roller coaster by myself; there was always a best friend beside me. Now, as an adult on this roller coaster ride I am currently taking, there is still a best friend beside me. He’s holding my hand and reminding me that the end will come. Like those really long roller coasters, even though I can’t see the end, He knows it’s there, and where it is, and this is what He whispers in my ear…
“Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a change to grow. So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His glorious return.”
James 1:2, 3; Hebrews 12:12, 13; Galatians 6:9; 2 Timothy 4:7, 8
So do your best to enjoy the ride, and know that you are never alone, this too shall pass!
….Written by Paulette Teows - Women of Influence Lead Team Member