Reflections of a Roller Coaster

This article was printed in the KO enews see April newsletter

Reflections of a roller coaster.

I recently went to an amusement park after church with our children’s ministry group.

I witnessed pure joy in these kids’ eyes. One child told me “This is the best day of my whole life.” he is 5 years old. This statement enveloped me for several reasons.

Many decades something was missing in my life and I struggled to find ways to fill up the void. Some we choices were good some were bad. It was like a roller coaster going up and down and even upside down.

I have been in reconstruction of my faith for decades.

It felt like I was in a long line waiting to get my ticket to God.

Imagine strapping in the harness listening to the clicks and wondering where you’re going but never taking the first step towards the excitement. The coaster never moved.

My journey of reconstructing my faith it has been an adventurous ride. No doubt. I’ve learned to take a few steps even if it’s terrifying. I must move forward if service is my calling.  I’ve recognized I must listen, be patient, trust, forgive and let go. This is crazy scary for me.

Witnessing these children filled with joy, I remembered God is abundant. There is a destiny to our service, its transformation.  In my Christian life, I am repeatedly asked to take a hand in something. Whether it be in service, talent or giving. My pastor reminded us in our Sunday morning service with a message titled “Our story is not over!”

I am transformed through the power of the Almighty God.

I am alive in a way that is hard to describe but its heart racing, gut flipping and amazing.  I overcame my fears and I’m living in faith and service. Just like the first trip on that crazy, wild roller coaster.

I am happy and I know I am worthy. I sing, dance and embrace God’s abiding grace. I am like the little boy that said “this is the best day of my whole life.”  God spoke in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12).  If we are willing to listen we can hear his holiness.

In closing I urge you to be generous in your giving, whether it’s talent, service or monetary.

Many Blessing