Recently my daughter and my two grandchildren took a beach vacation. Upon returning, my daughter shared a cute story with my husband and I that I would like to share with you.
My daughter and her children frequented an arcade while on vacation. The arcade had a virtual reality roller coaster. It sat two people who are fully enclosed in the ride which rises, falls, and rotates around to give the extra added sensation of being on an actual roller coaster. My grandson noticed this ride on the first day and begged his mother to let him on it. But his mother felt that a four-year-old was just too young for the ride.
This went on the entire trip. An arcade visit always ended up with the four-year-old begging his mom to let him ride the roller-coaster. On the last day of the trip my daughter noticed that her son did meet the height requirement for the roller coaster. She spoke to the attendant, who informed her that the ride had a slow, medium, and fast speed. She was told the slow speed was appropriate for her son’s age. So, with much trepidation, she let the four-year-old with his seven-year-old sister get on the virtual reality roller coaster.
The two kids sat in the ride. The attendant explained to the older sister to pick the “slow” speed and advised her of the “emergency button” should there be a need to stop the ride.
The attendant closed up the ride. My daughter watched as her no longer visible children rose up in the air in the machine. As the ride started up, the attendant looked at my daughter, smiled and said, “She picked the fast speed!”. Yes, my little angel of a granddaughter decided that she would give her little brother a ride he would remember!
Their mother was helpless. She could only watch the machine rise, fall and rotate. Her stomach felt sick and her heart was pounding. What was happening in that thing?
Near the end of the ride, the attendant once again looked at my daughter, smiled, and said, “They pressed the emergency button!” Finally, the ride came to an end. It lowered and the amused attendant opened the hatch.
Once open my daughter saw her own daughter sitting, giggling and just tickled with herself! The little brother was in tears and wanted his mommy!
I love this story. It holds so many of life’s lessons in that one story. Life is like a roller coaster – it has its ups and downs. Be careful for what you wish for..
Most of all, I love the “emergency button.” Sometimes in life we want that emergency button. Sometimes we want to just say “stop, I need time to collect myself and my sanity!”
For me that emergency button is my Lord. When things get too much to handle, I need to just relax, pray, and give it to the Lord. He is my Healer, my Strength and my Sanity!
Here is a poem that sums it up by Shirley Powell
His Presence Within
God never sends sorrow without joy, Nor the sun without the rain.
He never gives us a cross too heavy that we can’t bear the pain.
He is always present within our hearts, whispering encouragement to you and me.
He lifts us up when we are down and listens to our humble pleas.
Who else would have the patience to listen to our complaints, yet hold us close to His gentle heart and love us without restraint?
There is always another river to cross and another mountain to climb.
If we but put our trust in Him, we’ll be filled with His love sublime.
His arms are always opened wide, waiting patiently to embrace troubled souls like you and me and to fill us with His grace.
When despair and sadness come our way, just always remember this…
Tomorrow or another day soon we’ll be filled with happiness and bliss.