Finally the return of Monday Motivation!
I remember being the first time I rode a rollercoaster. I was at Disneyland in California on vacation with my cousins. We were young, all between the ages of 6 and 14 (I was 12) Since we had my younger cousins with us, we stuck to some pretty tame rides, when suddenly we found ourselves in the line for the infamous Space Mountain Rollercoaster. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Space Mountain, it’s a rollercoaster that is actually inside of a constructed mountain. Inside, it is pretty much completely dark. This thing goes fast and has many unexpected twists and turns. Let me tell you and with all the twists and turns and the the added factor that I couldn’t see a thing… your girl was SCARED! I held on for dear life, looked over at my 8 year old cousin who was just as terrified as me and thought, “What on earth did I get myself into?”
My older cousin was behind me shouting “Faster! Faster! with his hands up in the air while my youngest cousin Kimmy found a way to maneuver her way out of her safety harness and hide under the seat…. I literally thought she had fallen out the ride! (Please note, she has NEVER been on a rollercoaster since! LOL)
The ride did a couple of rounds and each time I found myself being less and less afraid and actually began to enjoy the ride. By the final go round , I too had my hands up in the air and was no longer afraid of the unknown.
Jonathan McReynolds has an interlude track on his “Make Room” album where he uses the analogy of rollercoaster as a metaphor for life. This particular analogy really resonated with me. Like me, he painted the picture of holding on for dear life while the rollercoaster was in motion, whereas everyone around him had their hands up and were really able to let loose and enjoy!
Oftentimes when we hold on to control of our life, we tend to feel every single bump and blow and curveball that comes our way with intensity. It’s almost as if we think that if we hold on a little tighter, we’ll be able to manipulate the ride to do what we want it to do. Such as with life, sometimes we refuse to let go and let the ride of life do what it’s going to do. We refuse to let the ride go through its predestined route without thinking we can help or change it along the way. The engineers have already mapped out and constructed this ride , already knowing the outcome, so why would we in our right mind think that anything we attempt to do could change what was already carefully orchestrated? It’s time to walk in the understanding that God has already mapped out life for you.
Now, how much easier would life be if we could be the other type of rider? Totally free and trusting God to bring us safely to the end of our ride. Now that’s not to say that this option isn’t scary. But in reality it’s actually the only option that makes sense! Does holding on for dear life change the outcome? Nope! May as well let go and let God.
So today, I encourage you to let go of anxiety and fear of the future ( or even the present) to stop holding on to the past and to throw your hands up in the air and trust that God has it all in control.
Life is a rollercoaster. We are going to encounter some ups and some downs , some unexpected loops. Life won’t always be smooth sailing on straight paths. But we need to hold on to the promise that through it all God will never let us fall!
Take a listen to Jonathan’s interlude called L.R.F( Rollercoasters) down below:
Have a blessed Monday! God Bless You All!
Til Next Time…