I’ll never forget the first time my husband, Alton, took our son, Andrew, on a roller coaster. It happened at Carowinds on the coaster formerly known as “Top Gun”. Andrew was just a little guy at the time, barely meeting the height requirement for the ride. As the ride slowly made it’s way to the top of the first hill, Alton’s excitement turned to dread. He wondered, what if Andrew really wasn’t big enough for the ride? What if his little body could slip out of the harness, the only thing separating him and a free fall to the concrete over a hundred feet below?
After a terrifying few minutes, the ride came to an end and Andrew was not only safely still strapped into his seat, he was also ready to do it again. Alton took a few minutes to catch his breath and steady his shaking knees and then they headed back up the ramp to conquer Top Gun once again. This time, however, Alton had a blast, knowing that he could trust the harness and that Andrew was completely safe. Instead of being terrified, he delighted in every twist, flip and loop. Now, riding roller coasters is one of their favorite things to do together, the bigger and faster the better.
Likewise, when we put our trust in Jesus, we have to examine how much of our life we have actually entrusted Him with. If we approach our walk with Jesus with the same apprehension that Alton felt on that first ride with Andrew, our life will be consumed by fear and worry. However, as we grow closer to Christ, we learn to trust that He is in control and that we and the ones we love are completely safe in His care.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus offers this invitation, “Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves.” (GWT)
Like a roller coaster, life can be crazy, filled with ups, downs and moments of anticipation, acceleration and exhilaration. Place His yoke, His “safety harness” over your shoulders so you can relax and enjoy the ride.