September 8, 2023

The Roller Coaster Moments of Life

Written by Wisdom Hunters

No matter what you’re walking through, remember, there is nothing that is impossible with God!”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 8, 2023

Guest Writer Pat Elsberry

He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.  Psalm 62:2

When I was a teenager, I remember how exciting it was to visit Whalom Park, the 13th oldest amusement park in the U.S. When we arrived, my best friend Patty and I would race over to the Flying Comet to stand in the long line waiting our turn. Once we got strapped in the seat, we began the slow ascent … Up, up, up, listening to the clickety-clack of the wooden tracks cracking and popping as we made our way toward the sky. Our hearts would begin racing in anticipation of what lay ahead. 

Finally, we would reach the top, and for a split second, we would glimpse the beautiful lake before we plunged down the track headfirst, hands in the air screaming at the top of our lungs! It was so exhilarating, and scary all at the same time! When we reached the bottom, we would turn right around and head back to the line to do it again. Oh, the joy of childhood! 

There have been times when I often felt like the younger me on the Flying Comet. One day I’d be cruising with the sun shining brightly overhead, a gentle breeze blowing in the wind, and a peaceful spirit within. Then in the next moment, out of nowhere, I might feel like I’m being frantically whipped around the corner, hanging off the edge of my seat as I took a curve being jerked from side to side. These rollercoaster moments happen as we go through challenging times in life. Maybe you’re struggling in your marriage and facing divorce. Or you’re experiencing a health crisis. Then, perhaps you’re like me, walking through the grief journey after losing a loved one. Whatever the cause of your angst, your heart may pound in your chest as fear seeps in. Instead of the clickety-clack of the wooden tracks, all you can hear is your heart beating wildly within.

Although the rollercoaster moments in life can be fun, as an adult, they can also be very disarming. Discovering what’s most important for our health and well-being during these moments is what matters most. 

Beginning each day with journaling has helped me walk in peace during these challenging times, as it allows me to capture all those thoughts and feelings that may be bombarding my mind. As I pour it all onto the pages, God meets me there every time. Another thing that gets me down off the whirls and twirls of the rollercoaster life is music. Worship music is so very anointed! When you’re having a rough day, put on your favorite worship music and dance around your kitchen. Turn it up loud and sing at the top of your lungs! Even if you think you can’t carry a tune, don’t let that stop you. By the time it reaches God’s ears, it sounds heavenly. 

If you feel like you’re on the Flying Comet and being tossed back and forth like a rag doll, I hope you’ll take a moment for yourself today. No matter what you’re walking through, remember, there is nothing that is impossible with God!

“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17).


Father God, how immensely grateful I am that you not only walk with me during the glory days of life but especially during those moments when I’m being tossed to and fro. I always need you, but I am thankful that my strength and certainty reside in you alone. 


What is one step I can take today to get off the rollercoaster and walk on God’s steady ground?

Related Reading

1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 26:4; Hebrews 6:19; Hebrews 3:14

Worship Resource

Passion: In Christ Alone


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