One of the things I really enjoy is rollercoasters. I like the anticipation before the ride begins, the tension as we climb higher and higher, and knowing that eventually we will head straight down toward the earth and then rush through curves and loops. I am sure this summer, millions of thrill seekers will take these same rides in hundreds of amusement parks across the United States and beyond.
Life can certainly be like a rollercoaster with all of its ups and down, twists and turns and emotions riding with every inch of the ride. Things like divorce, loss of a job, or the death of a loved one can certainly turn us upside down and spin us around until we lose ourselves and have no footing. When the drops of life happen, we may feel like there is no control and we just want to scream. “Why me, Lord, why me?” All we do is look downward where we are headed and depression can set in.
We may also work hard to reach for successful goals. We look upward and forward with hopes and dreams. We may not reach those goals the first time, but we just keep trying. The rollercoaster of life can be exhausting!
See? Life is just like a rollercoaster. We begin to look for solid ground and stability again when we get so tired of the “ride”. “Lord, show me the way. Lead me on the path You planned for me. I am so tired of trying to do it on my own with no control. I surrender to Your will. Please guide me.”
“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27
Now, what would happen if we got out of the rollercoaster car and stepped off the track? We would certainly die from the fall, right? We need to “stay in the car” and stay strapped into the Word and its truths, as well as in our relationship with Jesus; the safest place to be.
This week on the Chained No More radio show, my guest is Gene Kent, a man who is partnered with his wife Carol to minister to those in prison and their families. Their lives certainly are like rollercoasters and the Kents come alongside of them to bring them to a more stable life with Jesus. Join us LIVE at 2-3 pm ET on Tuesday, July 7 at www.toginet.com. You can also download the podcast later that day at www.toginet.com/shows/chainednomore. Don’t miss it!
Are you ready to take a steadier ride of life? Are you ready to get off the “crazy ride of life” you have been on? Evaluate where you have come from, where the highs and lows have been, and how you got there. Seek God for the walk He planned for you all along. Now, raise your arms to Him and get ready for the most amazing ride of your life!
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