My family recently went to Camelbeach Water Park.
We went on pretty much every water slide they had. But there was one particular ride that sticks out in my mind. It was called The Midnight Run.
This ride was a blackish blue tunnel that whipped us around, nearly upside down at times, with sudden drops with tidal waves of water gushing at us, in pitch blackness, until we finally saw light….
One last forceful splash of water in your face….
And then it was over.
And as we were getting out of the tube, we looked at each other, my husband and two kids and me, and we almost in unison shouted….
“Let’s go again!!!!!!!”
So we ran and clamored back up to where the ride began to experience that thrill again and again.
It was kinda scary, exciting, and terrifying all at once.
Every ride had an element of fear,
Every ride had an element of ADVENTURE!
It was just plain old FUN!!
A little later in the day, I was thinking about how much we love to experience these little moments of excitement, anxiety, and dread…
Yet we don’t want to experience ANY of this in our actual lives.
We really don’t want to feel fear .
We really don’t want to feel dread.
We really don’t want to feel a whole lot of anxiety.
Yet, we often spend A LOT of money, PAYING to feel those very things for amusement!
We know a couple of major differences between amusement parks and real life:
We know that usually, these rides are perfectly safe. There’s not much risk for physical injury. WE KNOW we’re not going to get hurt on one of these little rides.
We know that these rides only last so long! We know that it will very soon be over.
The same can’t be said about the trials, fears, and heartbreaks of this life.
Or can it???
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.
2 Peter 3: 8
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:17
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
See what God did there???
Now, I know that there some losses we have to deal with that you just can’t possibly put a positive spin on….some things are just never going to feel like an adventure, but simply a tragedy.
But there are insults, harsh criticism, gossip, conflicts, everyday stress, rebellious children, failed relationships, and the list goes on and on….
These are the things that whip us around until we’re just plain backwards, these things that sometimes make us feel like the bottom just opened up, and we’re plummeting into a place we really don’t want to be.
In these moments…
It’s THEN when we must remember that sometime soon, we’ll be getting off of this ride. It’s then when we must pay attention so we can learn all God wants to teach us while we’re flying and sliding around into pitch black places unknown.
It’s then when we so desperately need to remember that this adventure we are all on will last only for a season.
So hang on!!
The ride will be over soon. 😊