Life Lessons

Stuck on a Rollercoaster


I don’t do rollercoasters. Period. The recent news that the rollercoaster at our local entertainment park broke down leaving people stuck in it at the top until the fault was fixed has served to strengthen this resolve. Bad enough being on the rollercoaster with the dips and climbs let alone being stuck at the top. Although, given life is often described as being on a rollercoaster, maybe a pause with a good view isn’t such a bad idea?

That’s what got me thinking. A rollercoaster doesn’t stop – the speed varies sure, the height certainly does, as does the direction – up or down. But breaks, rest, stops? That’s not really a part of the ride. (Unless it counts when you’re game enough to go for another ride and have a rest while others disembark / embark?!)

Seriously though, in life we need to intentionally build rest stops into our days and months and years. Time to pause, take breath, savour life and then go again with renewed vigour. Something I’m completely hopeless at doing. In this world that demands action almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (especially when you work in shipping!) we need to intentionally disengage, unplug and rest.

But more than that, in the busyness of life, in God we can find rest and strength. God who can sustain us. We need to ensure that we remain connected to Him.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26)

“Let my soul be at rest again, for the LORD has been good to me.” (Psalm 116:7)

2 thoughts on “Stuck on a Rollercoaster

  1. Just discovered your blog. I’m enjoying reading it tonight! Side note: I’m a roller coaster enthusiast, and on a few occasions I’ve been stopped on the lift hill of a coaster. I’ve found those times to be quite enjoyable… an opportunity to quietly enjoy the view. Proves your well-made point, I suppose.

    1. Thank you for taking time to read and to comment! You are obviously braver than me when it comes to rollercoasters and eek that you’ve been on them when they’ve stopped!!! And yes I would say the top of the rollercoaster must give some otherwise unaccessible good views….I’m still not game enough to try!

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