Life is like a roller coaster. There are ups and downs. Twists and turns. Terror and glee. Although at some times it feels it might last forever, it is truly over in the blink of an eye.
There is no way to fully prepare for what comes next. Part of the design of a roller coaster is the exhilaration of not being in control. Similarly, life is full of mystery and surprise.
The only thing we can do to prepare is to understand the journey we are on. An accurate perspective allows us to adapt to the changes, enjoy the best parts and endure the worst.
One twist leads to another. One dip sets up a rise. The whole of life is a beautiful journey. We did not design the ride. We cannot control its architecture. But we can make choices to control the perspective we will have along the way.
Observation is an avenue for preparation. It informs perception, setting the standard of awareness within us. We might not know exactly where we are or what’s next, but we do know God is in all places, and is the designer of our “ride.”
If we wrap our minds and hearts around the value of the ride, understanding the incredible investment God makes to teach and prepare us for a lasting joy, we are set free from getting lost in every loop. The terrains of life are opportunities to probe the infinite depths of God.