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Riding The Roller Coaster

It had been a tough day - make that a tough week. It had actually been a tough with this particular issue but instead of things getting better I felt things escalating out of control. I was at my wit's end (southern for very upset). I had a Bible study to facilitate that night and I decided to sit and go over it - one more time. "Victory is not the absence of struggle. It is the presence of God in your struggle." Now how many times have I written about this? But at this moment it was as if it was the first time. I may struggle to trust God with certain situations - ones that I can not fix! I hit my knees and surrendered my worries to God who can and will heal me.

Life is full of unexpected change. I always call it the emotional roller coaster. There are times that we can choose not to ride the roller coaster with someone else but often times I put myself on there. I go up a steep mountain and then I plunge down so fast! I take quick turns that I am not expecting. And I ride over and over again! And we know that there are going to be lots of roller coaster rides in our life. John 16: 33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Finally, I will hit my knees and cry out to God. 1 John 5: 14, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."

God is the only one whose love never falters. His plans never fail. And His plans are the best for us. Jesus assures us of his victory, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have over-come the world.” We must let go of those things that we don't have control of anyway. Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 6, "There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: ...A right time to hold on and another to let go,.."

When I rode rollercoasters I would hold on for dear life and then at times throw my arms u[ in the air and feel so free! For the first time ever, I thought about "hold on" and "let go". Which part of my situation should I hold on to and which part should I let go of to move forward. Sometimes circumstances do not allow you to let go of the whole thing. That is my new prayer. God, what part can I let go of? 1 Peter 5: 7, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. " In the mean time I can continue casting the anxiety on Him.

The best thing to do when I am in a tizzy (southern for agitated), is to be still. When I put my focus on God, it puts things into perspective. Psalm 46: 10, "He says, “Be still, and know that I am God..." It helps me know He IS God. He IS the healer. He is the prince of peace! This verse lets us know that in times of chaos we can surrender to the great Counselor! We can let go, again!

Life is really one change after another. One thing that doesn’t change, however, is God’s truth that guides us.

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