Just along for the ride…or so I thought…

roller-coaster

Y’all, I love roller coasters. The faster and curvier and crazier they are, the more I want to get on them! Some of you may call me crazy, others may join me but either way, I love them…as does my sweet little girl.
Last summer at our annual local festival, I realized that my kids were big enough to want to actually ride the rides. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing but either way, I was all for it! Even on one of those cheaply made, thrown together in an hour, carnival rides.

So we come up on this “Zipper” type of ride and my daughter begs me to ride it with her. My son, whom gets some smarts from his daddy, decides to sit this one out. So we are waiting in line and Allison wants to ride and then she doesn’t, she wants to ride and then she doesn’t. But the times comes for us to get on and she does. We get buckled in and the excitement grows! (My tummy is in knots just thinking back to this) My daughter was is a little nervous…and then it began.
This ride was crazy…it was scary…and I was NOT liking it and neither was she. This ride had a whole new meaning when I had precious cargo sitting next to me. I felt helpless. All I could do was tell her “Momma is right here. It’s almost over. It’s going to be okay. Momma is right here.” And then it was over. Just like that…and my daughter says, “Let’s do it again!”
Does this ride sound familiar at all? Maybe not on a physical roller coaster but what about this roller coaster that we call LIFE? Oh it’s all fun and games in the beginning but then it gets serious.
Let me just tell you about this ride I’ve been on. Not just as a pastor’s wife but as a child of God. I have been hurt. I have cried till my eyes were swollen. I have been so broken that I haven’t even been able to stand.
And then I’ve witnessed and experienced the victories. The triumphs. The growth. The breakthroughs. Chains being broken.
And then…the ride’s all been worth it!
When we face trials and battles, Jesus is right there beside us. We are His precious cargo. He sits next to us and whispers, “My child, I’m right here. I will never leave you nor forsake you. This ride is just about over. You are going to be okay.”
And just like that…it is. So in the words of my 6 year old daughter? “Let’s do it again!”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

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