Life is Like a Rollercoaster
Or is it?
Last year I posted “Resistant to Change”. I’m repeating it here to help illustrate how Life is NOT Like a Rollercoaster. I’ll explain after I set this scene:
When my routine is upset, I get thrown off track and forget stuff. When I’ve become comfortable in a place, but then that place changes, I get frustrated, discouraged, even depressed.
I work at two horse farms. Both of them are for sale by their owners. This is a pending change that often makes me feel a sense of worry, and doom. One of the farms is the home for my horses. They are happy there. I was happy there, before things started to change. I try to continue to be happy there even though the owner is changing fencing configurations. There are fences that no longer have a gate. Gates now block what used to be open access. Small changes but still I find it dismaying.
Pondering these changes and feeling that somehow my response to them was not ‘right’, I get hit upside the head (figuratively) by God. Change does not happen without the hand of God. He controls all changes and the results. If I am resistant to change, then I am also resisting God. I am setting myself in His place as the one who should control.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV).
Wow, does that make me feel better about what is going on regarding the sale of these two farms. I keep telling myself that God is going to use this to bring people into my life that will enrich me in some way. I pray that I will, in turn, be used to enrich theirs.
That post was from August 2016. Here it is the beginning of March 2017. Both horse farms changed owners last fall. Because of financial arrangements, I moved my horses to a new place before the buyer took possession of that farm.
I continued to work at the other farm, under new ownership. It has been a delightful arrangement. But, then comes the downside. The new owner has planned to do major renovations and upgrades. The barn will be closed during this period. For me that means, no horses, no job.
Now for the upside. I’ve received job offers to consider, there are non-horse establishments in my area that are hiring, and I will have more time to write.
So how does this all relate to rollercoasters. Think about it. When riding a rollercoaster, it’s the thrill of the “downside” we anticipate after the delay of the climb upward. With life, we don’t anticipate the downsides, we dread them. It’s the uphill that we see as the positive.
But, neither life, nor rollercoasters are productive when at a standstill.
How’s your life today? Are you looking at the “ups” and the “downs” from the right perspective?