Do you remember your first roller coaster ride? I, certainly, do; the anxiety of waiting in line, hearing the screams, seeing the cars on the track whizzing by. How I wanted the line to hurry up and move because it seemed the longer I waited, the more fearful I became. Then, once on, that agonizing climb of the first drop, and seeing the all the seats in front of you disappearing, AND, you can only see “so much of” the track; you can’t see all the twists and turns until you are thrown into them. Then, in the middle of the ride, the screams of fear turn into screams of jubilation because it’s so much fun…THE SPEED, THE DROPS. When the ride was over, I couldn’t wait to get back in line to ride it again!
I will always remember what my dad told me, during the long ride up, on my first “big coaster” ride,
Pun’kin’, just before reaching the very top, take a deep breath, then scream as we go down and it will help ease “that feeling” you will get.
Our walk with CHRIST is the same; we go through stuff, at times very difficult, *and sometimes have the notion to get out of line and not ride *(a trick of the enemy that works with some). **We see only so far ahead, we don’t see the whole picture, not even the end, but we know the end is coming -
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path~Ps 119:105
(I remember hearing a sermon about this verse, many years ago; talking about how shepherds would have just enough light to see little bits of ground at a time, and they needed to watch their steps and pay attention where the light was hitting).
In the middle of certain situations, it feels as if we have reached our breaking point and fear will start to take a grip. Then, we hear a hymn, a Gospel song, a sermon, or a word from someone that speaks to the very core of our situation, and we get encouraged and inspired to keep going. So, by the time the “it” is over, we look back and see all that the LORD saw is THROUGH (not left us in it), that we can and should always, count it all joy.
…So I thank God for the mountains
and I thank HIM for the valleys
and I thank HIM for the storms HE’s brought me through
For if I never had a problem
I’d never know that God could solve them
I’d never know what faith in HIS WORD could do…~Through it All by Andre Crouch
I don’t know who this post is for tonight. Maybe the HOLY SPIRIT is using my typing fingers to minister to myself because of the roller coaster ride we are going through as a family unit, and individual roller coasters we are facing. I can’t say for sure, except to say, No matter what, seriously, regardless of how bad “the situation(s)” is/are,
*we are more than conquerors through HIM that loved us ~ Romans 8:37
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate *us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39
*you are not in this alone