“Life is a roller-coaster ride.”
We have probably all said this at one point or another, and we usually are implying something negative.
I was struck by the strangeness of this complaint as I finished riding a roller coaster with my son in Branson. I had paid a lot of money to ride that roller coaster, and we had a blast! I will always remember the look of pure joy on his face! So why are we frustrated when Life gives us a roller coaster ride? For free even!?!
First, let me tell you why I enjoy a roller coaster ride. I think I like the feeling of adventure without the danger. I can tell my brain that I am going to be fine, and then go ahead and enjoy the ride. There is an assurance that the ride will end well. Since I don’t have to worry I can enjoy the twists and turns and unexpected jolts as they come.
By contrast, the danger is real when I am careening down an icy mountain road in my minivan. The ending is not assured. This is no rollercoaster. I think life actually feels like that sometimes, doesn’t it?
Life IS a Rollercoaster
So with a rollercoaster, the ending is assured. And let me give you the punchline: My life’s ending is assured also! My future is settled and clear, regardless of how uncertain it feels today. If I could have half as much faith in the God who designed my life as I have in the engineers who designed the ride, then I could have a whole different mindset. When the ride is over and the lap bar is released, I will get to spend eternity in Heaven. So I might as well enjoy the ride! Want to join me?
Do you believe that your ultimate future is secure? That Jesus has won the battle, and that we are more than conquerors? If you believe that, life’s roller coaster will be a lot different.