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The Roller Coaster’s Lap Bar

Life is 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?

(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.)

And 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 is this: God is a good 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.”

roller-coaster-clipart-upsanddownsSo whether you are chugging up the hill or speeding down the hill, whipping around a turn, being pushed into your seat or being lifted out of your seat, you are in God’s care. Take time today to “sing for joy” to the Lord; He is your lap safety bar that keeps you from flying out of the roller coaster car!

In the happy moments praise God, in the difficult moments seek God, in the quiet moments trust God, in every moment thank God.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina


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