A Wild Ride of Faith
The harness clicks in place and muscles tighten as I head up the sharp incline. The slow ride to the top provides ample opportunity for the tension to mount. By the time I’ve reached the summit, my excitement level is somewhere between “Woohoo!” and, “Are you sure you’re up for this, Woody?”
My heart leaps and my stomach groans as I crest the top of the summit and race down through sweeping turns. Screams of excitement pierce the air while the ride picks up speed. Everyone hangs on for dear life. It’s an exciting ride!
Yes, a roller coaster ride is in many ways like what my life has been—a ride of faith with ups, downs, and lots of adrenaline-pumping excitement. My challenge is often not hanging on hard enough—that is, not trusting enough. When I seek my own pleasures in life rather than trusting God’s plan, I find myself at the end of the ride with that dreaded feeling of dizziness. The times when I’ve sought my own way or made my own decisions have proved painful and discouraging. On the other hand, the more I trust in God and the tighter I cling to His Roller Coaster Life Manual (the Bible), the more fulfilled and rewarding the times have been.
I’m now 27, and the years are going by with incredible speed. I still find myself waging the life-long, and sometimes painful, pursuit of seeking God’s direction for my life. Yet, at the same time, I see God’s hand and guidance through every decision. I can truly say that knowing you are in the center of God’s will is the most rewarding and exciting place of all. Yes, in terms of vocation, there have been many offers for higher-paying jobs, but they weren’t what God wanted at that time. They were perhaps the right opportunity, but they came at the wrong time.
To you who read this, I assure you that there’s nothing more exciting than discovering who God has made you to be and following that passion with all your might. For me, that means communicating truth and inspiring others, as well as helping them find purpose and fulfillment in their lives. So seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness—and I’ll see you at the end of the ride!
Used by permission.
A former ATI student, Woody spent a number of years working at IBLP Headquarters. He currently resides in San Antonio, TX, where he works with the CollegePlus! program of Global Learning Strategies. Through this distance-learning college alternative, he coaches students in the process of completing their undergraduate degrees, helping them find direction and God’s purpose for their lives. Woody recently completed his accredited BSBA studies through the CollegePlus! program, and he presents this approach to higher education at home-education conventions across the country.