Saturday, October 26, 2013

Amusement Rides

I love amusement parks!  Every summer I take one day and go to a local amusement park.  We always have a memorable time.  When I was young, I absolutely loved the thrill rides.  As I got older, I didn't
ride them as much as I did.  Why?  Well the main reason was fear. I may get hurt, or “gasp” die.   Over the past few years, God has been showing me that my fear is ridiculous.  So I faced my fears and began to ride the thrill rides again.  There has been one ride called the exscream that I've held out on riding. I couldn't make myself ride it.  It was too “scary”; I still had too much fear.  This past summer, when I went to the amusement park, I decided to bite the fear monster.  As I watched the ride, I could see that it was pretty simple; it lifts you in the air and lets you fall, but it always slows you down before you get to the ground.  So I decided that it was pretty safe, after all I knew how it ended.  As I thought about this, I thought about other times in life that fear has held me in its grasp.   Friends the Bible tell us again and again that we have nothing to fear if we are God’s child and trust him; after all he has defeated the enemy, the devil and death. If the absolute worst that can ever happen in any situation is that we would die; how is that bad for us as a Christian?  It’s not bad; just unknown.  We know how it ends!  We have absolutely nothing to fear.  Meet fear head on and enjoy the ride.   If we belong to God, Satan can’t stop us. We already know the end of the story, and he was, is, and will be defeated.