Life is often like a ride on a huge roller coaster! Going up a steep hill slowly, allowing for much anticipation. Then, in almost a split second, going down that hill super fast, screeching around a turn and down into a dark tunnel. And the whole time we are screaming and laughing and crying and excited and scared and happy. Almost every emotion comes out in that brief period of time. Yes, life is like a roller coaster ride.
Too bad, like the ride, life couldn’t change as quickly.
Often within some of our hardest moments in life, the fear, the pain, the tears, lie our longest, darkest days. We only want to be out of those times. We want them over and done quickly. Unfortunately they seem to linger almost endlessly.
Then, the times that are our favorite, we wish these moments to last into eternity. Those of course are the happy, joyous and loving parts of our life. We could stay in those times forever and never want anything else.
Here’s the question to ponder… why both? Why does life have to have both elements? Is it because the human body feels both? And as we feel both kinds of emotions, good and bad, we ultimately enable their presence on our roller coaster ride called life?
I believe this is part of it. I also believe that the presence of sin in our world also is a key factor in the presence of bad in our life.
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— Romans 5:12(NKJV)
Once sin entered, a door was opened to the world for the “fruits of the flesh” (as I like to peg them) to be present. What are the “fruits of the flesh”? Anything that is not a “fruit of the Spirit”. Here’ a good list to follow…
Fruits of the Flesh
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21(NKJV)
Fruits of the Spirit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23(NKJV)
Which fruits are present when? Yeah… The bad ones often bring bad times and the good ones bring good times.
Now, both the good and the bad will be present in this world until the day our Lord and Savior, Jesus comes back, so, our best efforts to stay away from the “fruits of the flesh” and stick with the “fruits of the spirit” will result is more of those blessings in life. You know the best part of it all is? God is right there walking with us & His Spirit will guide us towards the best things. There will still be tears and pain, but the happiness and laughter will be in abundance too! God promises that!!!
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21(NKJV)
Life, like a ride on a roller coaster can be emotional while creating an atmosphere of uncertainty. Allow Father God to ride with you… He will create an atmosphere of Peace and Love!