Written by Grace Welch
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid?’ For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33-36
Life is like a rollercoaster; we’ve all heard this expression before.
But think of it this way: we are all on the same rollercoaster. Not everyone is in the same seat of the rollercoaster so nobody has the exact same experience. This roller coaster is scary, surprising, fun, sometimes even sad, and God is the one who built the track and placed us in our seats. He put certain people beside us who will help us on the ride. God placed us here and He can remove us whenever He pleases. As Christians, being removed from the rollercoaster is an exciting thought because while the rollercoaster of life is exciting, going to the Kingdom of God is inexplicably more exciting.
We do not have to be afraid of dying because Christ defeated death. As a Christian, this means that death is now our doorway into eternal life. Eternal life where nothing is wrong. When we get to finally see the face of Christ and hear him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Can you imagine?
So, God can remove us from the rollercoaster and He can remove others as well. We don’t like when He makes this choice very much because it is so hard to imagine riding the rollercoaster without certain people. The rollercoaster doesn’t stop and many people on it don’t realize there has been a change. But you do. You notice and you’re sad.
As Christians we don’t have to be sad forever because prayerfully our rollercoaster buddy is with Jesus. To die for the Christian is to gain the company of our Savior. We know that when we finally get Home and see the face of Christ, we will also see the face of our fellow believers. God is good that way. He knows that humans are relational creatures, after all, He made us. So, He gives us people to keep us company on the rollercoaster. He knows that humans are eternal minded creatures so He shows us that there is eternal life in Him through the life, death, and resurrection of His only Son. He tells us that all we have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and we will be saved.
God is gracious. He has given us the key to life, the cure to the cancer of sin. Share that key, spread that cure. He has given us many joys in life. Look at those joys, love them. Yes, love God most, but also love the company he has provided. Don’t love the company only in your heart… love loudly. Let them know about the eternal life promised in the Bible. Let them know because roller coasters aren’t meant to last forever.
Share the news of eternal life in Christ and enjoy the rollercoaster. Share laughter and tears, tell your joys and sorrows, be a friend. Live without the fear of death because death has no sting if we are in Christ. We praise God that His children can confidently say,
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)