We took the kids to Cedar Point this summer for a quick family get away. The first day we were there the humidity was a solid 80% and the temp was an oppressive 98 degrees. Even though we wanted to be having a great time, it was nearly impossible. There is just no way to love what you are doing when you are so uncomfortable.
When the sun finally went down so did the heat and humidity. It was such a welcome relief. Instead of focusing on how miserable I was, I could start enjoying the rides. I’m disappointed at how distracted I am when I’m uncomfortable. It doesn’t take much change my focus or deter my progress.
The last ride of the night was a roller coaster. It was close to midnight and incredibly dark as we stood in line waiting for our turn. When we finally made it to the front of the line and loaded into the cars my heart was pounding. I made sure that the harness was securely locked; pulling on it two and three times. My feet dangled off the ground and I waited for the ride to begin. The attendant signaled, the coaster hissed and my stomach suddenly was stuck to the back of my seat…away we went. The darkness added to my excitement and my terror. There was no way to know when we would go right or left. I couldn’t see when the dips were coming and had no idea when we were headed upside down until we were already in a full blown twist.
Sometimes following God’s plan for my life feels much the same. Terrifying and exciting all at the same time. Not knowing where the next twist or turn is. Continuing to check the harness to make sure it’s secure.
We sang this song in church today, the lyrics of the chorus go like this:
Where you go I’ll go
Where you stay I’ll stay
When you move I’ll move
I will follow You.
Complete surrender, that is what this song is talking about. Riding a God’s roller coaster in the dark, checking the harness but surrendering to His will.
Do I trust Him? Can I lift my open hands to Him and say, “Your will Lord.”
Will I continue to hold back? Will I continue to try to wrestle for power?
The sentence, “Yes, Lord” can feel like we are abandoning control. It is really. But instead of being terrified, if we trust God, it can be freeing. Allowing us to close our eyes and enjoy the wild coaster ride He has planned.
Being surprised by God is breathtaking!
Do you dare?
And here is the most amazing thing…
Luke 12:7 says:
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
As risky as trusting God seems, he values you. Every hair on your head is numbered, you may want to be afraid but you don’t have to be.
Do you dare believe that God loves you as much as he says he does?
It’s going to be a wild and holy ride.