When I was a teenager, I vividly remember riding the Texas Cyclone at Astroworld. For the millennials reading this message, the Texas Cyclone was a wooden roller coaster at the defunct Six Flags AstroWorld in H-Town. This roller coaster stood approximately 93’ tall and its drop was a jaw-dropping 80’. Hands down, it was one of the most frightening rides on the park back-in-the day!!
Although it was a dreadfully scary roller coaster, the one thing that’s common about all thrill coasters despite their shape and size is they’re all designed to travel in a crazy circle!
Metaphorically our lives are very similar to a roller coaster. We go up, we go down. The higher we rise the further we seem to fall down. It becomes such a reliable pattern that people often learn to dread when things are going really well, waiting for the other shoe to drop, waiting for the fall.
The emotional falls do not even have to be based on actual falls, like being broken up with, suffering from a catastrophic illness, suddenly finding yourself unemployed, or facing some other impossibly scary and grief-filled situation. Even when the outside facts support that things are going well, we seem to still feel these stomach-churning, heart-breaking, life turned upside-down emotional lows after each big win in our lives.
I don’t know if you understand what I am trying to convey here, but as a son and daughter of God you should be so confident about God’s plan that you don’t even get upset anymore when things don’t go your way.
Life has taught me that God never ends on a negative and according to Philippians 1:6, “God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
My brothers and sisters, we need to trust God in ALL circumstances and abandon the idea that we can control it, or that we need to… maybe even that we would want to, even if we could. Because, as it turns out, screaming in terror and gripping tightly to the bar in front of you doesn’t actually change the trajectory of the ride.
Thankfully, God’s plan for our lives were victoriously pre-written before we were conceived in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) and by now we should know that everything that God did and does is good, so even when things aren’t good, it’s just a matter of time before God will cause the ‘bad’ to work for our good because, He will never end on a negative!
The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever (Psalm 100:5), Hallelujah!! That’s our unstoppable God!! He is unquestionably awesome and nothing or no one will ever stop the will of God from manifesting greatest in our lives!!