Life isn’t a Ferris Wheel (profound I know)
First of all…where the heck am I going with this? That is a great question you will simply have to bear with me to know the answer to. Sorry friend.
Lately life has been feeling a lot like a Ferris Wheel…or a Carousel…or any other amusement park ride that is restricted to only circles. If you have ever been to a state fair or amusement park you will agree with me that 99% of the rides include something that spins, dizzies, and turns. This is how I feel right now.
The second I think I’m going to the right, I get thrown left and spun around until I’m not even sure where I started. Once I finally feel confident…the next second I feel equally insecure. Once I finally feel at peace about a conclusion… the next day I am questioning it all. This continues over and over, circling into a dizziness bad enough to make me vomit (just like when I get on any ride that spins…TMI?).
Here is where I’m going with this…life wasn’t intended to feel like a Ferris Wheel or the Tea Cup ride. We are given DAILY the choice to stay off that ride. It seems like a lot of people (myself included) don’t realize that they even have the option to stay behind as they watch the world toss and turn within themselves.
” The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 (Emphasis Added)
This is a verse most of us have seen a million times. What I had never really seen before is the verse prior which says:
“Remember my affliction and my wanderings,the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:” vs. 21 (Emphasis Added)
Whenever my soul continually remebers its afflictions and wanderings…I can call His daily mercies to mind and HAVE HOPE. That’s how we refuse getting on the “Ferris Wheel” of life. We must remind ourselves of the hope we have and not the afflictions.
Last night while having one of those “I’m about to vomit” moments…I decided to simply remind myself of what is unwavering and never spins out of control: The Character of God. For me this looked like listening to song Elohim by Hillsong Worship about 40 times (not even kidding). Simply having the character of God sung over me changed my entire perspective.
Whatever it takes for you to be reminded of the eternal and steady truth of God: do it. Be constantly “calling to mind” the hope we have in Jesus. He puts things back into a calm perspective and gives us the power and courage to stay off of those “Ferris Wheels” of confusion, doubt and fear.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.” vs. 24