When you don’t like the ride you’re on

I’m one who likes to be in control– the planner of the schedulethe writer of the menu.

I’m one who doesn’t particularly like “surprises” in the journey.

I’m reminded of those amusement park river rafting rides.  The ones where we sit in the large round inner tube with 6 to 8 seats with a wheel in the middle. We strap ourselves in for the ride, not knowing if we’re going to come out drenched or just sprinkled with a few drops of water.

I’ve seen some jump into these inner tubes of splashing fun and try to maneuver this massive rubber tube floating down the channels of water.

We toil and strive, trying to steer it away from the water jets that are designed to spray us with water.

With complete futility, we labor. We struggle to slow it down or somehow stop the raft before it plunges over the waterfall and drenches us completely.

No matter how much we maneuver around to keep from getting wet, the creator of the ride designed and built this amusement contraption to sprinkle, splash and sometimes completely drench us in the process.

Getting wet is inevitable.

The builder of the ride created some areas where the smooth, flowing current dips and curves and we take in the pretty landscaping. But around some of the bends there are rougher rapids, gushes of water and drenching waterfalls.

The ride is designed to get us wet. It was in the designer’s plan. It’s part of the ride.

Our comfort comes in knowing the designer also created an end to the ride and provided a way for our safe arrival.


Sometimes through this journey of life, we are on rides we just don’t like.

Some of us are enjoying the smooth flowing rapids while others are heading towards some drenching waterfalls.

The encouragement and assurance come when we rest in knowing our Father directs our way.

He brings us through the rapids, the surprise gushers, and sometimes drenching waterfalls.

And as we trust His directed path we have the assurance of knowing this ride…trial…testing… it will come to an end. We will come to a place of calmer waters. We will make it to the end…He has designed it that way.

The other guarantee is we will be changed. We won’t be the same as when we got on the ride.

The ride and journey will change us. We will be different. We will grow.

While I’m careening down that river raft ride, I’ve learned I can handle the ride better if I let anxiety and worry go.

I really can’t control or maneuver that ride nor can I stop it from drenching me with water.

But I can rest in knowing the Designer is in control. He directs the ride and He is directing our way.

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)

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6 thoughts on “When you don’t like the ride you’re on

  1. Taking a few minutes to connect. Glad I did. My journey is the rapidly and frighteningly approaching date of moving my son to The Citadel…not your typical, “welcoming decorate his cool dorm room” day. I am quite anxious and covet your prayers.


    • Wow! yeah… that is not the typical ‘dorm room/drop off/college fun day.” I will pray for you and your family as you head into this next phase of the journey! God’s got this and He holds your son… and you! He’s got you in this! Lean in and trust His hand! Big hugs and love to you! 🙂 Thanks for jumping in and sharing!


  2. Thanks for including the Message paraphrase of Proverbs 3:5-6. Sometimes it’s good to look at verses from a new perspective. Many times I’m trusting until the “ride” gets scary, then I revert to the old un-trusting me. It’s good to remember to listen for God’s voice everywhere and in everything.


    • me, too… trusting until I let my own fears rule the day. It takes work to let go and trust it all into His hands and trust He knows what He’s doing and He’ll bring us to a good end! 🙂 Thanks for jumping in and sharing!


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