Have you ever felt like your spiritual life is like a roller coaster? One minute you’re flying high with passion and enthusiasm about your faith in God. And the next minute you’re so down that you feel like you’ll never recover. You’re not alone. All of us have experienced those treacherous dips, as well as, those exciting climbs in our spiritual lives. They are a part of life.
One great example of this spiritual roller coaster ride was evident in the young life of a soon-to-be-king named Saul (1 Samuel 10). The prophet, Samuel, had just anointed Saul king when the Bible says that, “the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul . . . ” So he ratchets way up!!
But later when Saul met up with his uncle, he didn’t even mention what had just happened to him. Call me crazy, but I don’t think I’d forget to mention a little thing like being anointed king! So he zooms way down.
A little later when Samuel was about to present Saul to his new subjects, the people of Israel, Samuel couldn’t find him! Saul was hiding like a child among some baggage that was nearby—probably out of fear and insecurity. Let’s call this one a “loop-dee-loop.”
But as we read just a little further on we see that the Spirit of God came upon Saul once again and he was able to fiercely attack a neighboring country that was threatening a tribe within Israel. And Saul didn’t just defeat them, he slaughtered them! In other words, he went from zero to hero in the span of a millisecond! Click, click, click—up he goes again!
We all wish that our spiritual lives would climb like the ever-ascending ride to the top of the track. I think it’s because we love the view at the top! And conversely, we really hate the fall back downward. But consider for a moment a true roller coaster addict. He lives for the break-neck rush to the bottom! He even lifts his arms to increase the feeling of falling as the wind surges past him, bolting him toward the valley below. You know that’s why the addict gets in line dozens of times, just so he can feel the exhilaration that can only come from being suspended above a big, long, hairy fall.
What downward spiral are you reeling from today? What incredible plummet are you in the middle of in your spiritual life and perhaps in your life overall? It’s incredibly scary! It’s a feeling of complete helplessness. But remember, God is waiting for that exact moment when He will raise you back up, catapulting you to the top once again.
Allow me to share just two thoughts on the roller coaster of life:
- Don’t live only for the ups. And . . .
- Don’t miss the beautiful surrender that comes with the ride downward.
God is in control, even though it may not feel like it. Raise your hands and fall back into His strong arms. Believe me, you’ll never forget the ride!
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. Psalm 23:4 (TLB)
BTW, just today I was listening to the radio and heard the song, “Your Hands” by J.J. Heller and felt like it really captured what I was trying to say in this post. Click on the link below and listen to it if you have the time.