Chapter 33 - The Roller Coaster Ride Called Life -- Living and Learning From the Healing Waters of Courage
No Matter How Many Ups and Downs Come Our Way, We Have to Trust That Everything Will Work Out for The Best.
I have always known that life is one huge roller coaster ride. Some days it seems everything is going just the way we want it to be. Other times it seems everything is falling apart, and that life is full of one trial right after the next.
I do know that it would be nice if we could always live in the good times, but I know that hard times always come. The key I feel to great change and spiritual growth is to appreciate those times when the waters of life are calm but to understand that when life is not easy we have to keep strong knowing that one day everything will be ok.
The following poem, “The Roller Coaster Ride of Life” is all about the highs and lows we face and learning to value times of peace and to keep fighting with great hope during times of struggle. There are so many things we cannot control so we must accept the good with the bad and make the most of every situation God gives us.
The Roller Coaster Ride Called Life
My heart was racing because the
Roller coaster of my life was about to begin.
I prayed to God to keep me strong so
I could learn not to lose and how to win.
As my roller coaster crawled by slowly
To the top of a brand new destiny,
I felt I was living on top of the world
Where nobody could ever get the best of me.
There was a rush of excitement hitting me as the
Roller coaster took me down a hill fast and furious.
I was feeling scared and yet determined to hang onto
This ride even if it made me a little delirious.
When I reached rock bottom I was too nervous
That I would ever make it back to the top.
In the valley of this ride I realized I had been
Hurt so much and my spirit felt sad quite a lot.
Despite my upset I braced myself for a new climb
As my roller coaster took me high in the sky.
Then the track became full of unpredictable
Twists and turns making me feel I was about to die.
Scared to keep going I knew I had come
Way too far to give up anytime too soon.
Then my roller coaster took me into a dark tunnel
Where I felt trapped like a butterfly in a cocoon.
I begged God to let me see the light as it felt
My whole world became too black for me to see.
Somehow I knew I had to go through some dark places
For the sun to guide me to a better path for me.
As I finally reached the end of the dark tunnel
There was stormy weather blocking my view,
Yet even with the rain crashing down I heard God
Whisper don’t worry I will always be good to you.
The roller coaster that had become my
Troubled journey seemed it would never end.
I lost control of all the ups and downs and eventually
Hoped my fears would be on the mend.
There were times this roller coaster ride was
Quite fun and full of good times,
Yet I felt jerked around so much I often lost balance
Even when looking for the right signs.
Eventually this roller coaster of a ride I call life
Took me back home where I could stand on my feet.
Now I knew if I could survive this ride
God would give me a second chance to overcome any defeat.
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