Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "At Calvary"1 (Lyrics)
Stop the roller coaster! I want to get off.
Since I don't like heights, I've never liked roller coasters. However, one summer at Canada's Wonderland, when our daughter was about six years old, I decided to go on one of the tamer roller coasters. I thought that if my mother was game to try it, then so could I. Up and down, up and down — I screamed the entire time, and my daughter, bless her heart, who was sitting in front of me but was turned around watching me, laughed the entire time. Things were definitely out of control.
My husband and I are now retired, but some days, I feel as if I were back on that roller coaster, and I want to get off.
Sometimes, we can get over-involved and over-committed. Without my daily morning devotional time, I doubt that I would be able to get through my days. I need time alone with God every morning in order to bring order into the chaos of my everyday life. I need to give God control of my life.
Psalm 46:10a – Be still, and know that I am God. (NIV)
Family, church commitments, doctor's appointments, meetings, household chores, garden work — and the list goes on — can make for hectic days and sometimes sleepless nights, thinking about the things that need to be done. As we get older, the days go more quickly, and we move more slowly.
Hebrews 13:5b – God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (NIV)
When we are weak, He is strong.
Joel 3:10b – Let the weak say, "I am strong." (NKJV)
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV)
Is your life feeling like a roller coaster these days? Ups and downs? Hectic days? If so, spend some time with God. Listen for that still, small voice. Rest in Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, sometimes, our lives can be hectic and we feel as if we're on a roller coaster. Help us to keep our lives centred on You and to find time to spend with You each day. We need You, and when we do spend time with You, we hear Your still, small voice speaking to us, guiding us, and encouraging us to be the people that You want us to be and to do the things that You want us to do. In You, we find our strength. In You, we find our peace. In You, we put our trust. Thank You for Your constant love and faithfulness to us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.