Roller Coaster of Life

Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster in the...

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Don’t be afraid; just believe…” (Luke 8:50)

I remember some years back going to Cedar Point with a friend who loved to ride roller coasters. Cedar Point came out with a relatively new one at that time called the Magnum XL-200. It was called the highest roller coaster at that time at 205 feet high. The speed of riding that roller coaster would get up to 72 mph. If you go to this link: http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/park/rides/coasters/magnum/index.cfm you can actually watch what it’s like to take the ride.

Going on a ride like this takes belief that you will survive it. I wasn’t so sure the first time I went on it. I rode on this roller coaster three times…and screamed just as loud every time. This is a ride where you forget all your troubles, because the focus is on survival.

There are things in life that are frightening. God does not want us to be afraid. Throughout the Bible, he sends the message of “fear not” and “do not be afraid.” God wants us to focus on him, his promises, and his presence. If we can keep our focus on God, and believe what he says, our fears will disappear.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, with the ups and downs of life, I pray that my faith will keep me on the firm foundation of you. I need not fear because of the victory I have in you. Amen

Faith tip: Look for a couple of scripture verses in the Bible regarding fear, and see what God says about it. Memorize these verses to keep in your heart and mind as you journey through life.

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