The county fair has come and gone for another year. The competition in the agricultural barns, the greasy corn-dogs and sausages, the shrieks and thrills of the rides, have moved to another town. Once again memories until another year passes.
Of all the rides at the fair, I am only fearful of the Ferris wheel. The ride that is loved by so many, brings panic and terror to me. It has been years since anyone has been able to convince me to climb aboard this ride, and it is very probable that no one ever will again. It may be strange, but the ride doesn’t bother me when it’s moving, only when the ride stops with me on the very top. I think it’s because it gives me time to wonder if the assemblers of the ride have tightened all the bolts. I begin to doubt the integrity of the material the ride is built of. I question both the manufacturer and the maintainer of the Ferris wheel.
Praise the Lord, as believers in Jesus Christ, we don’t have to question the integrity of the ‘ride of life.’ As we go through the twists and turns of life, we can trust that God has secured all the fasteners and has used His best materials and resources. Even when the ride seems to be out of control, we can trust that every movement is being directed by our God. Jesus comforted us with the words, “Let not your heart be troubled…” (John 14:1), and “I am with you always…” (Matthew 28:20).
The time we spend fretting about the ride would be better spent enjoying, and praising the Builder for the opportunity to be on the ride.
Sometimes, I like to read the Bible with the ‘what if?’ attitude. When the Egyptians were closing in on Israel at the Red Sea, what if the children of Israel had begun to celebrate God’s victory before the sea was parted? What if they had broke out the tambourines and harps and praised God for what He was about to do (Exodus 14, 15)?
Better yet, what if I did? What if, when the big wheel stops at the top, rather than doubting, I trust Him, and praise my God. What if, when a family member becomes ill, I don’t find myself worrying over all the bad possibilities, but instead, thank God for that person in my life, and trust God as the great healer.
We can walk (or ride) without fear through this life. The greatest of dips and bends of the ride can be handled with confidence, because every provision for our safety and our security is found in Jesus Christ! That doesn’t mean there will not be pain and suffering… there will be. But through all the pain and suffering, we can trust that Jesus will walk through them with us, and He is always in control of the ride.
And by the way… at next year’s fair, when you see the big wheel spinning… don’t look for me, I won’t be on it.