Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)
During spring break this year my church decided to take us to a local theme park called “Carowinds.” It is located not far from where I live in Charlotte North Carolina. Carowinds is famous for their roller coasters. Their largest and fastest is called “the Fury.” It is 325 feet high and travels at 95 miles per hour. It is the highest and fastest roller coaster in America. My goal that day was to finally ride it. I had been to Carowinds before, but always was too afraid to tackle the Fury, which is one of my biggest fears. My best friend was so excited after countless broken promises and I was super excited too until I saw how tall the ride was. I felt my hands getting sweaty as my body went into panic mode. Words of doubt began to cloud my fearless spirit, but that’s when I heard encouraging words in my head, a small whisper growing louder as it repeated, “You can do it, trust me!” That small voice gave me courage. The next thing I know I am in the line of the ride hyped and ready. When my group was next to get on the ride I began to cry. I wanted so badly to turn around and run. The workers at the park asked me if I wanted to get off? I looked before answering, thinking of a Bible verse when had in church the Sunday before, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today… Exodus 14:13 (NKJV) Through sobs, I shook my head , climbed into the seat and sat down. The workers checked my restraint, pressed the button, and we started going up. I was crying harder the higher we went up and at the peak of the hill I somehow knew I was going to be alright. I threw my hands up, mumbled a hallelujah, and off we went. The ride through us into some loops and gave us a weird feeling in our stomachs. The amazing thing I was sad when the ride ended. It is very short. I just wanted it to last longer.
Does roller coasters remind you of anything? It reminds me of life. Sometimes in life’s situations we cry, sometimes we laugh, sometimes we are happy, and others we are sad. Life is unpredictable and it throws in loopy loops just like the roller coaster. Many of those situations you don’t even see coming. Once you are on the ride of life there is no jumping off. You have to ride it, good or bad, until the end. So trust in God through all the hills and valleys enjoying the little moments of time as they past by.
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