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The Roller Coaster Called Life

Cobra (PowerPark roller coaster)

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Our journey with cancer could be compared to a roller coaster where the off button has been temporarily disabled. There is a roller coaster of emotions, of ups and downs. There are days that you’re soaring at the top of the roller coaster. There’s been good news, new options, or reports that may not be great, but are excellent under the circumstances.

In contrast, there are those sudden drops when the surgery fails, when the CT scan shows that chemo isn’t working, or when your spouse shows signs of suffering. You wonder if this is the beginning of the pain, of the suffering that you dread watching him endure. But then, as the day passes, so do the pains and illness. Maybe it was unrelated to the cancer. Maybe it was a slight flu, a strained back, a gas bubble, or just an upset stomach. You breathe a sigh of relief. You hope…and you wait for the next sudden drop.

In those moments when the roller coaster plummets, emotions surface, but right there with them is God. When you’re feeling weak and vulnerable, He brings scripture to mind. “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29)

Power to the weak? Talk about a God who knows our every need and always has the right words of encouragement. But then, He’s God! He never makes mistakes. He doesn’t even make mistakes with what roller coaster in life He puts us on.

The verse leaves you encouraged. In one sense, nothing has changed. The roller coaster continues racing along the track. Up and down you go. Up and down. But in another sense, everything has changed. You feel a strength despite your weakness that doesn’t make sense. You feel the power to continue on the journey when you know you shouldn’t. And you know it’s not because you’re so resilient. You know it’s God. That knowledge brings a smile to your face as the roller coaster turns the bend and soars you upward with a heart of thanksgiving to your Heavenly Father.

Thank you to all who have upheld us in prayer. Thank you for praying, not only for Matt’s health, but that we would keep our eyes focused on the Lord even during the sudden drops on the roller coaster of our lives.

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  1. October 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    You are amazing! Thanks for taking the time to post. I’m so glad we’re on the same “team!” Love ya ta bits ❤

  1. October 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm
  2. October 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

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