Checking Seatbelts: control freak meets roller coaster

“As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me…though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”

Micah 7:7-8

I have felt a lot of fear over the last few months.

I tend to respond to my fear by trying to control everything, but I only end up discovering how little control I have. I have been fighting like crazy to set us up for this next step, to find ways to make this adjustment smoother, to try and protect and care for my family on this roller coaster the Lord has us on.

What if I spent my time on a real roller coaster that way? What if I tried to anticipate everything we were going to feel, everything that might be scary, when to lean this way, when the lights would go out? What if I spent the entire ride constantly checking everyone’s seatbelts and re-positioning and conducting surveys to see how everyone was coping?

Half the joy of a roller coaster is that you don’t know what to expect. People ride them for the experience of being surprised, for the feeling of dropping through thin air and the shock of losing their bearings, for the rush of the wind on a ride that’s too fast for them to steer. The best roller coasters get you good and scared, but they don’t make you worry for your safety.

Oh Lord,

I have been need-meeting and checking seatbelts for so long that I don’t know what it’s like to stop straining against the harness and just be on this ride with my people. I don’t know how to just take this one unexpected drop, one unforeseen turn, and one stretch to catch my breath at a time.

Help me not to grow discouraged when something surprises me and I’m forced to see the state of my own heart. You are faithfully bringing to the surface the attitudes and beliefs that steal my joy and shake my footing. You stand ready to replace them with your peace so that I am able to delight in the unexpected journey you have prepared for me.

I will always be frustrated if I am trying to adjust the roller coaster instead of just riding it. Build in me such a confidence in you that I wait on you, persistently looking to you for help, not dissuaded when I fall, not intimidated when it’s dark, always ready to hope in you once more. May I grow ever more loyal to what is true of you, and less attached to my expectations of how this will go.

There are plenty of surprises ahead where I won’t feel totally secure. But help me to trust that, in you, I am completely safe.

4 thoughts on “Checking Seatbelts: control freak meets roller coaster

  1. Really enjoyed your post, Beka! Your situation of not being able to leave for PNG when you had planned, made me think of another instance years ago. Just before a young couple we knew of was off to missionary training, their car broke down. So they took it as a “sign” that God was closing the door to being missionaries. And that made me wonder how Paul could have missed all his “signs.” He was shipwrecked, stoned, imprisoned, beaten etc. Yet, he got back up and kept going. So now when I heard your connecting flight from Hong Kong to Malasia was canceled, I thought, “It’s one thing after another! We got ourselves a couple of Pauls again!” So you’re in good company. And I will certainly pray!

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    • Deb, I don’t know if I ever told you what a big deal this comment was to us. We read this while we were re-figuring our plans and the Lord really used it to encourage us and remind us not to be discouraged or worry that He was not still fighting for us when we hit obstacles or difficulty. Thank you so much for praying for us, loving us and cheering us on!!

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