Life is Like a Roller Coaster

I know Forest Gump would disagree. And I am certainly not going to argue with the box of chocolates metaphor! But let me add another. Last weekend, I was waiting in line to ride “Dr. Doom’s Fearfall” at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. I was chaperoning some middle school girls on a choir trip. A few of them were a little scared. I can’t imagine why. All you do is drop 150 feet in about 5 seconds. No biggie.

Watching them quake in fear reminded me of another wait in another line for another roller coaster. That time, I was with my daughter, Emma. Emma is now 13 and she LOVES roller coasters. She was not one of the ones quaking on fear for Dr. Doom. But she understood the feeling. She felt like that the first time she waited in line to ride SheiKra at Busch Gardens. That ride has a 200 foot, 90 degree drop plus several loops. And it is FAST.  Emma was 10 and she was scared. Really scared. Like crying all the way up, begging for me to take her out of line and forget this crazy idea scared. But I know Emma. And I knew she would love this coaster. She just needed to try it. So I told her we were doing it. And if, after we were done, she still hated it, I would never make her ride it again. But, of course, I was right, and she loved it. I know my daughter. And she trusted me. The result was a whole lot of fun!

Life is sometimes like that. Sometimes, God may ask us to do something that seems absolutely crazy. Insane. Something that makes our knees wobble and our throats close. Something that makes us look at him and say, “You have GOT to be kidding! There is no way I am doing that.”

But he knows us. He loves us. And we can trust him. Even when we’re waiting, terrified, crying on his sleeve. We can trust him. And we can know that, in the end, it’ll all work out for our good. Now this is a metaphor, so please don’t hear me say God wants you to ride a roller coaster 🙂 But he may be asking you to do something for him that is just as scary as that coaster was for Emma. Can you think of what that may be? What is God asking you to do right now? Is it scary? Are you standing outside the “line” watching everybody else go, but too scared to jump in yourself? Trust him. Cling to him. And hold on tight. The ride, I promise, is going to be amazing!

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