Riding a roller coaster can make you scream with fear and thrill with delight all at the same time. I was thrilled with my last roller coaster ride with all the twists and turns and steep long drops, but the three loops that spun me around upside down were a few more G’s than I could handle. The first loop wasn’t so bad, but the last two left me screaming with fear and feeling like I wasn’t going to make it off the ride alive. Needless to say, I was grateful when the roller coaster came to a stop, the little bar across my lap unlocked, and I was able to get off the ride.
Life is like a roller coaster with its ups and downs, twists and turns, and sudden loops that throw our world upside down. The Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4:8-37 and 2 Kings 8:1-6 tells us the story of a woman who went through a roller coaster of life experiences.
She was a wealthy woman, but she could not have children. God blessed her with a son, but then he died. God raised him back to life, but then she had to move away from home for seven years because of a famine. She returned home to find out that she had lost her land and home, but then God restored it all back to her.
What we find in the Shunammite woman’s story is through all of her ups and downs God was faithful and always by her side making sure her needs were met. The same holds true for us. At times we may feel afraid or confused or surprised on this roller coaster called life. But God is faithfully riding beside us the whole time.
You may be riding the downhill lows of life feeling like there is no answer and no way out of the situation you’re in. Psalm 28:7 has been a comfort for me knowing,
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.”
He wants us to depend on Him. He doesn’t want us to try and fight all the battles on our own.
The phrase, “It came to pass”, is in the Bible 465 times. The Bible never says, “It came to stay.” When you feel like your life is riding on the downhill slope of a roller coaster, you tell the enemy, “It may be here now, but it didn’t come to stay, it came to pass.”
Life’s ups and downs are going to come to every one of us, but we have to know that God is in control. You may not see what’s around the next turn, but you can trust God, the One who built and designed you for this ride in your life.
Trust that He knows what He is doing, even when you feel like getting off the ride when you experience the sudden loop that spins your whole world upside down.
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.