What has a vertical drop of 418 feet and goes 128 mph?
Life is sometimes like a roller coaster. One minute you are slowly chugging up the hill and then the next minute you are plummeting down the other side at breakneck speed with the g-forces pushing you into your seat. Then all of a sudden you whip around a turn and you are lifted out of your seat (that moment coaster enthusiasts call “air time”) and you feel as if you are about to be launched into the air. And then the ride comes to a screeching halt. You get off dazed and dizzy only to get in line once again. Sound familiar?
If you are a roller coaster purist you probably prefer wooden coasters, but if you are the ultimate thrill seeker, steel coasters are likely your preference. The fastest wooden roller coaster in the world is Goliath, located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, with a maximum speed of 72 mph. As fast as that might seem, it pales in comparison to the fastest steel roaster coaster which is Formula Rossa, located at Ferrari World in Dubai, which reaches a maximum speed of 149 mph. Due to its extreme speeds riders are required to wear goggles. Goliath is not only the fastest wooden roller coaster, it also has the largest vertical drop (180 feet) in the wooden coaster category and Kingda Ka, the steel coaster at Six Flags Great America in Jackson, New Jersey, while “only” reaching maximum speeds of 128 mph, has a mind boggling vertical drop of 418 feet!
And did you know that when a roller coaster is speeding up, the actual force you feel is the seat pushing you forward but because of your body’s inertia you feel a force in front of you that pushes you into your seat? So in reality what is actually happening is gravity is pulling you down while the acceleration force is pulling you up.
While we tend to be happy or sad, excited or discouraged, or energized or tired based upon whether the roller coaster of life is traveling up the hill, down the hill, or around a turn, one thing remains the same through it all, and that one thing this – God is a good and faithful God and His name can be praised. Psalm 95:1-7 calls us to praise the Lord.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”
So whether you are slowly chugging up the incline or rapidly speeding down the hill, whipping around a turn, being pushed into your seat, or lifted out of your seat, take time today to praise and worship God!
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