Roller Coasters

I am not a fan of roller coasters. The constant up and down and being thrown about does not appeal to me and often makes me sick. I don’t find any fun or thrills in the process. We often refer to life as a journey which includes mountains and valleys, but when the mountains and valleys come too close together, the effect is a roller coaster.

Lately, life has been a bit of a roller coaster with things changing on sometimes an hourly basis. I have given up definitive plans for the near future. In other words, I don’t write anything in stone because I am not sure of where the next few turns will take me. I have come to a few conclusions, however.

First, we can make plans, but we only have today…the moment…to work with, so we have to keep that in mind. We have to roll with the punches and do the best we can. Do what you can do in the moment and enjoy all the little moments of joy as they come amid the struggles in life. Smile and sing along with a tune on the radio or wonder at the sudden appearance of wildlife or laugh at a funny moment in life.

Second, I am inspired to actually do the things I’ve talked about doing instead of putting them off to another day. Too many days have gone by in that manner. If we do all that we can do in a given day, then we will not have regrets. We may never accomplish everything we set out to do, but at least we will have tried. Besides, it may be that God never intended for us to do some things because He had other more important things for us to do.

While I can’t stop the roller coaster, I can do more to try and enjoy life. I can be more attentive to what God has for me to do and ignore what the world says I should do. I can only do what I can do and the rest is up to God.



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