Updated: Apr 4, 2020
With the weather warming up my mind begins to drift to amusement parks and the amount of amusement they have brought to me over the years.
The picture I have attached to this devotion is not a picture of me on a roller coaster, but it could be...and it's not what you think. AMY is the terrified little boy, hair sticking straight up, death grip on my hand. I am the laughing girl, screaming in absolute joy, and raucously cheering at the next drop daring it to be better than the last.
It happened one summer when Amy and I decided to start the day (and Amy's roller coaster career) by going on the tallest coaster in the park. (that's how I always start the day) The closer we got to the front of the line the more Amy's entire body began to shiver and quake and the more excited I became. When we began the 108 ft. ascent to the drop of doom Amy dug her head into my armpit (which even at the beginning of the day is not a good place to put your nose) and began to sob openly saying, "I don't want to do this! I want off!" Then it started, Amy screaming in terror, me screaming in absolute ecstasy! And then the pain began...It felt as though my arm was going to ripped out at the shoulder as Amy's death grip became that of a boa constrictor squeezing the life out of its prey. By the time the ride ended I was laughing tears and Amy was crying tears of "NEVER AGAIN"! It was awesome!
I do not like the roller coaster I am on right now. At this point I feel like the little boy wondering whose armpit I can dig my head into. Thankfully I don't have to look that far. In Psalm 46 the writer tells us that "God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble." He's better than an armpit, and you can squeeze as hard as you like to hold on. He can take it. In fact, He welcomes it. And God won't laugh at your plight or relish in the twists and turns. Instead He will remind you as the end of Psalm 46 states,
"Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among all the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"
So today find time to "be still". Turn off the bad news. Walk away from the popups promising disaster. Be still and know that God is God, remember Psalm 46:11,
"The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress."
Enjoying the ride because of who goes with me,