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I just finished teaching VBS at out church last week.  The theme was the Amazement Park.  Throughout the week I was reminded of how much our lives can be like a roller coaster ride.  We have really high points and really low points; sometimes the G-Force threatens to press us to despair; sometimes our excitement rises to levels where we want to raise our hands and praise God; and sometimes a situation leaves us feeling dizzy and a little sick at our stomachs.  But, the ride is just part of life so we must endure until the cars stop and we can get off.

I don’t particularly enjoy the roller coasters any more.  I guess I’m getting too old for such things.  However, we all ride this spiritual and emotional roller coaster from time to time.  Thank God that we don’t have to live on the coaster; that would be very disheartening to say the least.

We simply need to learn how to make the most of the coaster experience.  When we are on a high, praise God for it and stay there as long as you can.  We we see ourselves headed down to a valley, go prepared.  Take with you the assurance of God’s love, the peace that passes understanding and hope eternal.

II Corinthians 12:9 says, “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”  That is such a comfort to us; to know that God’s strength is there for us in all situations.  We may not understand the purpose of a certain trial or situation, but we can always know that God is with us through it all.  He only wants what is good for us.

He is our protector, out rear guard, our high tower and our hope.  We can depend on Him in all situations.  His love is perfect and eternal.  His knowledge and understanding are complete.  We can trust Him in all things.  So let the ride begin, we are determined to overcome all situations and circumstances.


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