An Amusement Park
Have you ever considered the similarities between an amusement park and life? Please join me as we take a trip through an amusement park, starting with the Merry-Go-Round.
When I was younger, the Merry-Go-Round was my favorite ride. Round and round it went, as the horse went up and down. Round and round. Up and down. In the very same place, moving, but going nowhere. How often is life like that? We trudge along, going in circles, and arrive basically where we started. Sure, we may see something interesting when the horse is in its high position, but what really changes?
The Fun House can be interesting as we see ourselves in various mirrors. It may be our image in the mirror, but it is clearly distorted. How often do we see ourselves through a distorted lens? For many of us, that is all too often.
Haunted Houses are popular with some people. The unknown can clearly be frightening, but a little intriguing, too. Many of us dabble in the things on the edge of life, taking chances and often being very foolish. Are there areas in your life that you should turn from?
When I was about 5 or 6 I rode the Ferris Wheel for the first time. I was so scared as the wheel climbed. We stopped several times, finally stopping on the very top. I still remember the way my stomach felt. I was with my aunt and she told me to open my eyes and see all the lights. She said that being on the top of the Ferris Wheel gave me the best view of the whole park. It was frightening but true. When on the top you can see things you could never see while on the ground. What a different perspective when looking down instead of up.
Our last ride is the Roller Coaster. Whoa! That is one I don’t care for at all. Once we went to Astroworld and Tom and I waited in line forever (it seemed) to ride the Roller Coaster. As we got to the top and prepared to enter the car, I stepped through and walked away. Fear overtook me, and Tom rode with a child barely tall enough for the ride.
To me, a Roller Coaster is like the things in life that shake you to the core. The jerking movements, the acceleration up the incline, and then flying down, just to immediately repeat it. When I think of a Roller Coaster, I think of things like illness, accidents, unexpected death, job loss, hurt relationships, disappointment, unfulfilled expectation, and on and on.
Thankfully, even though we may have “Amusement Park” experiences in life, the results can be totally different.
When we are committed to our relationship with God, we can be confident that He will lead us. It may appear that we are not moving forward and are going in circles, but that isn’t true. Sometimes the lessons we are learning are best learned by repetition. Round and Round. Up and Down.
Even though we often see ourselves through distorted vision, God never does. He sees who we truly are. He sees and knows our hearts. He isn’t disappointed in us or what the mirror says about us. He loves us just as we are.
When we engage in foolish and dangerous activities, the Holy Spirit will convict us of the dangers of our activity. When we yield to His voice, we are restored in our relationship. I love how He protects us from our foolishness.
While we would always want to be on the top of the Ferris Wheel where we can see all around us, that isn’t possible. I believe God gives us those times at the top of the wheel so we can have a better perspective when we are on the bottom looking up. We know that we see on the bottom isn’t all there is to a situation.
Lastly, when life jerks and shakes us to the core, we have a Savior who promises to never leave or forsake us (Joshua 1:5). In I Peter 5:7 he tells us to cast all our cares on him, because he cares for us.
Here are some other promises about His provision and undying love for us:
· “Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isa 26:4
· “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isa 41:10
Oh, my Father, thank you for your continual presence in my life. Your unending love and mercy are precious gifts that I could never earn. You alone are worthy of praise, honor and glory. I love you, my Lord and Savior. Amen