God’s Word for Today: Coaster
Deuteronomy 28:13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
This morning, I caught a post about the 30th birthday of the World’s longest all wood frame, roller coaster, “The Beast”. I found myself virtually climbing aboard and taking a ride. To tell you the truth, old rattling wooden roller coasters scare me. I can picture the wooden frame splintering into a million toothpicks as my roller car goes flying off the almost too sharp corner. Something about the frailty of wood adds to my pessimism of structural soundness.
The Beast is just one of several roller coasters at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. I have officially added this amusement park to my bucket list. Kings Island also has, Banshee, Diamondback, The Racer, Vortex, Firehawk, Adventure Express, The Bat, Woodstock Express, Flying Ace Aerial Chase, The Great Pumpkin Coaster, Little Bill’s Giggle Coaster, and many more thrilling rides. Wow, what a list. Might have to spend more than one day at this place.
I have been fortunate enough to have ridden on some pretty awesome roller coasters. From the Elmer’s glue and Duct Tape repaired county fair type coasters as a kid. To ones at Elitche’s in Denver, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City (first time going upside down), and many others across the USA including the surprising and awesome Incredible Hulk at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. If you have never ridden the Incredible Hulk, you just have to. The shock/surprise factor is awesome. I will not tell you any more except, you gotta try it.
Many times our lives have been referred to as Roller Coasters. There is an assembly of up, downs, curves, twists, loops, tunnels, and many other unexpected routes our lives take. Who can really define which part of the ride is best? Definitely not the slow climb up the first hill prior to any real adventure? I like to refer to this part as one’s growing up years. Your parents are slowly pulling you along, teaching you how to hold on, telling you the dangers to look out for, but you really aren’t listening all that close. At first yes, but soon you are tired of that long climb. You are ready to get over the peak and start your own thrill in life. Your arms are thrown in the air and come what may, here we go.
Some of the longer coasters, like The Beast, have a secondary hill that once again you have to be pulled up, so you can take off with renewed momentum. Sound familiar? I don’t know whether that could be considered a second chance in life, or just a necessity to get your life back together because there is more to come.
In my case, I believe I have had to seek out several secondary lift assists. I discovered the bottom. I had a great and thrilling time getting there, but sooner or later, I lost any momentum that was built up. I was at a standstill. I needed a helping hand to get going again. Will I ever learn?
Today, note what our Scripture says. What is the best position on the roller coaster? First car, head of the train, in front, leading. Got that? Next, reflect on the simplicity of remaining at the top. Something to do with following God’s instruction. Simple in theory, not so easy in practice. Today, we will start working on that………….
Prayer: Dear Lord, designer and creator of my roller coaster life. Thank you for always reaching down and pulling me back up. Forgive me for the times I left you behind so I could enjoy life’s next thrill. But Lord, I am beginning to realize that you and only you God, are what has kept me safely on the tracks. Without you, I would not be able to continue on this ride of my life. In Jesus’, who gave me the seatbelt of security, name I pray. Amen and amen.