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Wisdom for roller coaster riders

                                                           March 3, 2019
Dear Friends,

I LOVE roller coasters! That thought hit me as I was about
to mount the Montu for the third time this week while
visiting Busch Gardens, Florida. It is rated one of the top
ten rollercoasters in the United States. It is truly a thrill ride.
As I looked at the warning poster, a conversation I had with
my cardiologist fifteen years ago came to mind.

A year had passed since I was diagnosed with a cardiac
blockage. It was a scary time. I had been rushed to Yale
New Haven Hospital to have a stent put in. For the first
time in my life I had come face to face with my own
mortality. To be honest, it sent me into a bout of
depression. I had no idea what the future would hold for

Then a strange thing happened. We began planning a
youth group outing to Six Flags. Mindful of those
warning posters, and wanting to know my restrictions,
I made it a point to speak with my doctor. I wanted to
know what I could and couldn't do at the park. So I
asked him point blank if I could ride the roller coasters
and his answer surprised me.

He said, "Are you kidding?" I began to look down in
disappointment as he continued, "I don't know why you
would want to, but if you feel you need to, then go ahead.
Just stop if you have any feelings of light headedness or
dizziness." He went on to explain why the motion could
cause drops in blood pressure and cause problems. He
didn't think I'd have to worry about it at that point.

I've been riding roller coasters ever since. Of course, I
have become more selective as I've gotten older. I can't
do the Superman at Six Flags. They only provide a lap
bar to keep you in your seat. I've got to be securely
strapped in. I don't like taking too many chances. Roller
coasters are only fun if you feel 100 percent safe.

Maybe that's why very few of us enjoy life when it begins
to feel like a roller coaster. When things are going up
and down and we are in over our heads, we suddenly
want to stop and get off. We may enjoy living on the edge,
experiencing new things, but only when we are in control.
Unfortunately,  control is only an illusion when it comes
to life. No one is really in control.

Well, no one but God. The truth is that He is the one who
holds the world in the palm of his hand. He is the one who
set the stars in place and created the heavens and the earth.
God parted the Red Sea to let Moses cross and held the sun
in place while Joshua fought the Amorites. This God we
worship is mighty and he can do all things.

The good news is that when our life begins to spin out of
control we can call on him. He promised that he would be
with us. He will be there to answer our call. He will speak
the words, “Peace be still!” and halt the raging torrents
of life from overwhelming us. So buckle up. Get ready to
ride. But go with God and you will never have to be afraid.

God bless! See you in church.
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