When the kids were younger I used to enjoy taking them to places that had roller coasters. In our travels with the kids we have been at theme parks all over the United States and have gone on some really big roller coasters. For some of them they were really scary and others they were an adventure and great fun.
Life is like a huge roller coaster with lots of unpredictable changes. For most people the result of all the ups an downs, the swerving and wild corners is anxiety and exhaustion, but for others it is a challenge and an adventure with God.
The key for me is having a very strong belief in the existence of God, and His very personal love for me. I believe my Heavenly Father is infinitely good, that He is infinitely wise, that He knows me intimately to the core of my being, and that He is going to take me on a very wild ride for every day of my life and then usher me into His presence.
His goal is my growth in character and intimacy with Him. Because we have a free will we can choose to respond in fear and in selfishness, and then what He chooses to happen to us to make us more mature ends up making us wimps and pushing us away from Him. It isn’t what He chooses, it is how we choose to respond. I can’t crank trust up in my heart by will power, but I can meditate on His Word and His promises which are supernaturally powerful to change my heart. Some key verses that I have memorized well and meditate on whenever the roller coaster picks up speed and starts to turn wildly.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 26:3-4 The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song.
Psalms 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.