Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Ride of Your LIfe

The picture captured the joy of the day.

My daughter and son-in-law, Megan and James, were visiting California on vacation. One of the few things they really wanted to do was go to Disneyland. Who could blame them? Disneyland is called the happiest place of earth, and on that day it certainly was for us. Thunder Mountain, Star Tours, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean, we whooped our way through them all. But our favorite? Splash Mountain! There’s nothing like a good soaking on a hot day.

As you can see, each of us enjoyed the ride, but not exactly in the same way.

 splash mountain


Life is a lot like Splash Mountain; everyone reacts to it differently.

Some people go through life cautiously, a bit fearful of what is coming. Others enjoy the ride, but still need to hold on to something secure. Then there are the daring few who go through life with arms raised, wind whipping their hair, fully giving themselves to the adventure.

We get to choose how we respond to every situation, every challenge. Enjoying life might look different for everyone, and while there is no inherent right or wrong to it, it all boils down to motive. Do we respond to life’s challenges with fear, or with faith?

Bottom line: it’s okay to hold on, as long as you are holding on to what is true and not to your fears. It’s also okay to release control, as long as you are giving control to the One who is trustworthy.

Because the happiest place on earth really isn’t Disneyland. It’s wherever we, in faith, allow Jesus to lead us.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.        Isaiah 41:10

Further reflection:

  1. Which way do you respond to life: cautiously, comfortably, or with wild abandon?
  2. Do you think it is based on fear or faith?

Father, life is such an adventure! When I need to hold on to something secure, may I hold on to You, the only real security there is. When I give up control, may it only be to You, since You are trustworthy. And when I abandon myself fully to life, may it be only when and where You direct me to do so.

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