Here We Go

As a kid, I loved to go to amusement parks because the rides were so much fun and the food was so tasty and sweet.  Even as an adult, I go to an amusement park and I think I am a kid again.  I know the food is bad for you but what the heck, one day is not going to kill you now, but probably later.  The rides are such a thrill.  I love the big wooden roller coaster rides.  The thrill of inclining and going really fast downhill through bumps and things was really quite a treat.  My least favorite ride was the Ferris wheel because I am scared of heights and the Ferris wheel goes up really high.  The worse is they have to let each car out one at a time and I am up there at the apex and it is really scary waiting up there.  The thing I notice about roller coasters and Ferris wheels is that you start at one point in the beginning of the ride and at the end of the ride, you end up at the same point.

I think moments in life with Christ are like that.  Christ says I will always be with you.   You are always in the safety of God’s mighty arms.  God has you in the palm of His hand so how can anybody hurt you.  At the start of that moment, you are safe in God’s arms. At the end of that moment, you are safe in God’s arms.  Now that moment will maybe bring pain, fear, and stress- but God is always with us, so it is not that bad.

Kids experience many moments that shape their lives.  The problem when I was a kid was that I didn’t look back at the struggling moment and understand that it really built character.  I just said to myself- I can’t get through this and I think I am going to die.  This stinks and I don’t want to deal with it.  But God was there with you the whole way and even if it didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to be, it was all in God’s plan.  You were always in God’s safe arms in the beginning and at the end.  I am not a parent but I think for parents these days, your kids might have encountered this a little.

Didn’t we all have love relationships like that roller coaster ride in the amusement park?  There are ups and downs, thrills and fears, and good and sick feelings.  Actually our love relationship turns into marriage and we still haven’t gotten off that roller coaster.  The intensity just got stronger.  Then you have kids and that adds more to it and then you definitely want to get off the ride and have a cotton candy.  But you don’t do that.  You stay on that ride because you know that God is going to be with you throughout the whole thing.

God is always there at the beginning and always there at the end at all the moments of your life, Alpha and Omega, baby.  Be strong and courageous, for the best is yet to be.

God’s peace,
Stan Yee

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