Some time ago, I wrote about some of my experiences riding on the train. I compared the train ride to our journey through this life. Since that time, I have began to feel as if our journey through life is more akin to riding a roller coaster.
When I was younger, I used to love to go to amusement parks. My favorite ride was always the roller coaster. I’d stand in line for what seemed like forever for the opportunity to ride one. I loved the ups and downs and the twists and turns. I loved the heights that it climbed to and the speeds that it reached. I loved the thrill of the ride.
As I think back to all of my roller coaster rides, I remember how slow and difficult it was for the coaster to climb to the top of each hill. I remember admiring the view from the top of the hill for what seemed like only a split second before the coaster plunged at lightning speed to the bottom once again.
I think our journey through this life is much closer to my experiences on these roller coasters than my rides on the train. Our lives are filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, highs and lows. Because we are human, it seems that we struggle to get to the high points and we struggle to stay there. We can be on top of the world one minute and then let a negative event send us plunging quickly back to the bottom.
Our Heavenly Father knew that the road we would travel in this life would not be straight and flat. He knew that it would be filled with heartache and struggles. He has given us the high points, the “top of the hills” to help us endure these low points. When we are at the “bottom of the hills” He sends us His comfort and peace to help us cope.
So, even though my journey though this life may remind me of the roller coaster rides of my youth, I will be grateful for the highs and try not to complain about the lows. When I am at the bottom I will try to remember the times that I have spent at the top. I will remember that my Heavenly Father is always there for me. Even when I am at the bottom, I am never there alone.