I do not like roller coasters. No, let me rephrase that. I hate rollercoasters! As a child, I feared the churning in the pit of my stomach during the slow climb up to a precipitous drop or the sense of panic as we hurtled downward in a mechanical car plunging forward on a narrow track.
So even as an adult, whenever we visited a major theme park with friends and they wanted to ride the biggest, baddest rollercoaster, I was always the designated purse, bag, and food custodian. Me on a rollercoaster? No way!
Fast forward (pun intended!) to our life in Florida. After living in the flatlands of south Florida for six years, my husband and I vacationed in the Tennessee mountains. I had forgotten what it was like to drive on mountainous terrain. The dips and twists. The narrow turns. The blind spots until you reach the peak of an incline. Each time we drove, I had that same rollercoaster feeling, regardless of how slow we travelled.
I now realize it was not about height or speed. The issue was not about the steepness of the hill or the precipitousness of the plunge. It was about control…and the fact that I didn’t have any.
Life is like that. Twists and turns. Ups and downs. We climb to heights of joy one day only to plunge into a valley of disappointment the next. The Bible reminds us that we need to trust God all the time. No exceptions. It doesn’t matter if the road of life is flat and our field of vision is long or if we’re hurtling forward into uncertain circumstances. Regardless of the situation, God always proves Himself to be our Rock, our Salvation, and our Shepherd.
The children in our lives are watching. Let’s model for them a life that trusts the One who straightens our path, regardless of the curves life may throw at us.
Who knows? Someday soon, you might even see me on a rollercoaster!