After attending the Calgary Stampede I started to think about how life is so much like a giant rollercoaster ride. Here are a few similarities that I have come up with.
Both have ups and downs. During the good times it feels like you are climbing up the hill but then you feel as if you are falling down into the dips with great speed during the trials.
You can be having fun one minute and be terrified the next. You never know when life will throw you a curve ball and you will be tested.
It doesn’t matter if you are sitting in the front or the back you will go through the same ride. Good times and trials will be felt by everyone no matter who you are or what you have.
It can be easier when you ride with a friend or loved one. During the good times it feels so much better to celebrate with someone and during the trials the road feels easier when you have a friend to lean on.
Sometimes you want to throw your hands in the air and other times you hang on for dear life. There are times when having a good time we throw up our hands, celebrate and scream with happiness while other times we aren’t sure how we got onto this life path but we just hang on for dear life until it settles.
They can come in many shapes, colors or designs. All at the same time life can seem so different for different people.
It can go extremely fast but seems it can slow down in only a moment. Life can feel like you are in the fast lane of a freeway then before we know it we can turn around and feel like we are slowing down if only for a minute.
It requires that you listen to the rules for you and everyone else's safety. We have rule books for life too; some rules are from the country, province or state, while still others are from our city and the police. The ultimate rule book though is the bible. In it you will find clear direction for day to day living.
The widow of Zarephath must have felt like she was on a huge rollercoaster and she wanted off. Let's join her on ride for awhile. Ready? Here is goes... down into a big dip – this lady was a widow with a young son, who had no money and her country was suffering from a severe drought. There was only enough food for one more meal and then they would surely die. Her car is going up again – along comes Elijah who asked her for help with food and water and what did she do? She gave it! He in turn tells her that she will always have just enough flour and oil to make her bread and they will not starve. Now her car is on a stable course for a moment. Not for long though because another big dip is coming right..... NOW! Her son has just died and in the time she lived that meant total devastation for her since she had no other family to take care of her. Now she is homeless and penniless. This isn't the end though. Look, we are climbing up out of the pit again as Elijah comes back sees her dilemma and prays for her son to rise from the dead. He is alive once again and she is on her ultimate high. For now her ride is on that straight path at least for awhile.
1Peter 5:7 tells us that we are to cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Did you hear that??? HE CARES FOR YOU! Christ is more concerned about us than we could possibly be about ourselves. We need to trust Him and quit asking him "Why!" We need to get the place that we stop questioning and just tell god – “I may not always understand why you direct us down certain paths but I will listen and follow. It comes down to the simple fact that we need to trust Him knowing that he has the right plan and purpose for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV) He won’t let us down! He won't let YOU down!