My son has loved rollercoasters for years. He loves to build them, loves to figure out the measurements, loves to create twists and turns, and loves to see the finished product. He is 12 now and has done this since he was about 2 or 3. He loves to create new ones over and over again.
Often times our lives as special needs parents are like rollercoasters. There are ups and downs. Sometimes we can see a steep turn coming and sometimes we can’t. Sometimes we can see the big drop ahead and sometimes we can’t. I am bad about anticipation. At times for me, this is worse than the actual thing that is going to happen. I used to feel the dips were a lot more sharp, but the last few years they have slowed down a little bit as my son continues to make progress, and the dips aren’t as severe or as long.
Fortunately for all rollercoasters, there is a beginning and an end.
Fortunately for all rollercoasters, they keep you secure while it is going on the tracks.
I think it is how we ride the rollercoasters that is most important… with clenched teeth, holding on for dear life, or are your hands up in the air trying to make the most of the ride? Sometimes I have clenched teeth and a clenched jaw as I am trying to help my son. Sometimes I raise my hands up in the air to God and cry out for help and He hears my cry. I know not trusting in Him helping me through is not what I want to do. When I do trust and give it completely to Him, then I feel the peace of the ride.
Jesus is always there riding each and every “ride” you are on. He wants you to rely and trust in Him to help you through all the twists and turns of life. Will you let Him? Will you give those burdens to Him in prayer?
In James 1:2-3 it says: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”