Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hands in the air!

I had to learn to like roller coasters.
They scared me to death when I was younger.
I don't remember the exact moment I gave in and climbed aboard,
But I'm glad I did.
I'm pretty sure coaxing was involved (lots of it).
Every time (to this day) I get into the last car of a roller coaster (the back is the best),
And pull down on the bar,
My heart fills with fear...excitement...and more fear.
The excitement wins over the fear and my hands go up.
I trust the bar and the track.
I've done this a time or two.
I know how it ends...
Messy hair, 
tears from wind speed and laughter,
a little bit of nausea (it goes away as soon as I get back in line),
and joy (the best part).

It's cliche, but life is like that.
No different from a roller coaster.
The hardest part is getting in line and climbing aboard.
Once we join in, we get it. 
It's fantastic,
But it's a risk.
The plunge might be deeper than you expected.
You might pull a few G's and get nauseous.
But when the train pulls into the station, you have stories.
"That first hill was the best!"
And your eyes are filled with laughter and tears and you tell the apprehensive soul stepping into your seat as you leave,
"It's the best ride in the park."

I've remained on the sidelines and watched the ride fly over my head, hearing the screams of fear and delight.
It's fun to watch,
But more fun to experience.
I don't want to watch life pass me by,
and allow fear to keep me from joining in.

And just when I think I'm fully engaged,
God reveals another facet of life to enjoy.
Another fork in the road,
An opportunity stretch myself,
An impossible challenge.
Fear tells me I'm good right where I am, but I know better...
And with a prayer for strength,
I pull down on the bar...

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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