Posted November 27, 2013 under Blog

I never liked roller coasters rides, but...

JB I Never Liked Roller Coaster Rides-1280x768
I never liked roller coasters. My wife and children know that every time I tried I ended up with severe motion sickness that lasted hours. Writing this post is enough to get me dizzy.

There is another kind of roller coaster ride that I also don’t enjoy. The one that has to do with our emotions. And like physical roller coasters this one can just be as disorienting but something we cannot avoid. Emotions are part of what make us human.

The Bible tells us that there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, it even says, there is a time to be silent and a time to hate (Ecclesiastes 3). As our youngest son Joshua prepares to get married this weekend and our oldest son Joseph and his wife Carla expect their first baby in the next two months it’s hard not to be on an emotional high.

A Steep Slide

In the midst of this peak has come one of the worst natural disasters in our nation’s history. Reports of church members and friends who have lost everything and families who had near death experiences combine for a steep emotional down slide. Manning the phones at 700 Club and listening to Marie’s recounting of the stories of victims from her interfaces at Villamor Air Base and at the relief center of Operation Blessing just brings the slide into even deeper churns.

Her tears have not helped either.

Up Again

A few days ago as I was praying the Holy Spirit reminded me of a lady who had been battling cancer. That morning I called her just to check how things were with her. I was bracing myself for the worst news. Only because a few weeks ago we lost the mother of one of our students in school to cancer.

To my surprise she was upbeat and cheerfully reported that she had been declared cancer free. I was so happy for her. All of a sudden from a downward slope I found myself being lifted up again emotionally.

Unlike our mind that is able to reason. Or our will that is motivated by desire. Our emotions cannot reason as objectively and can be swayed by less objective motivations. As such they can easily fall prey to deception. This accounts for why we find ourselves crying while watching a movie that is nowhere near reality.

Although I can avoid riding roller coasters at theme parks, I cannot avoid the one’s that has to do with my emotions.  I never like these roller coaster rides but...I have to ride them like everyone else. The question is, what do you do in times like these?

Making Sense of the Ride

When I find myself in the midst of emotional roller coaster rides I remind myself of the story of Jesus when his friend Lazarus died. The Book of John records the shortest verse in the Bible. “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)

Jesus expressed emotion in the midst of the death of one of his best friends. Verse 38 says, he was deeply moved.

But immediately after Jesus expressed his emotions he walked to the tomb and declared, “Take away the stone.” (v.39) Warned of the odor of the decaying flesh Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Denying our emotions whether it’s up or down is not the way to go. Instead like Jesus we must temper our emotions with faith. For it is what glorifies the Father.

The result was Lazarus was raised from the dead and many people put their faith in Christ (v.45). The next time you find yourself in an emotional roller coaster moment, don’t avoid the ride but even as you do, don't allow them to disorient you. Instead, no matter how dizzying or disorienting, ride them each day by faith.

More from Blog

693

One thought on “I never liked roller coasters rides, but...”

  1. Edmark says:

    Thank you Oastor for this post.. My life right now is really like a roller coaster ride.. Really disorienting... Thanks for the reminder, I will ride them with faith...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

My Comments Policy

While my site offers visitors the ability to converse, I have a few ground rules so that our conversations will remain civil and courteous.

1. You must register in order to leave a comment. I don’t entertain pseudo, anonymous or bogus individuals. This site is my home (it has a Home Page, get it). I don’t let strangers who don’t introduce themselves into my home.

2. I love questions. I love them because a lot of times they are similar to someone else’s questions and can even trigger other questions from others. Questions also keep us all sharp. This is also why I respond to them as best as I can and at the soonest possible time. I believe that group answering benefits more people than private email exchanges.

3. We don’t have to agree. Debates are welcome. However, whether it is with me or any other visitors of my site, my rule is this: disagree if you must but keep things civil. That’s just how I run my home, and you are a visitor here. No shouting; I have seen it done in writing. No cursing and no insulting.

4. I reserve the right to delete your comments. Like I said, this is my home. I do not have an obligation to publish your comments. As a human being, you may enjoy the freedom to express your opinions on your own site but not on mine. To be specific, I will delete your comments if you post content that is in my sole opinion: (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum, civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e. an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog entry.

5. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those posts.

6. You grant me the license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. By posting comments on my site, you automatically grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, video, or presentation.

In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this clear and simple comments policy will facilitate this.