Strapping in with other thrill-seekers and launching to soaring heights, the entire park visible from the top. I braced myself for the free fall and gripped the sidebar until my knuckles turned white.
But when the sound of an electronic release bellowed behind us, the bottom fell out, dropping us with terrifying speed and force that took my breath.
A complete free fall. So I remember the day well.
Still, along with friends, the wait in line gave us ample opportunity to watch and ponder the decision to follow through with the adventure. Then, a fear of heights gave way to assurance from college friends. I could do this. They would be with me.
Yet, really elated this amusement park ride, Free Fall, came to an end. I unbuckled and resolved to keep my feet on the ground for the rest of the day. Resting my body, mind, heart, and soul from further fear.
Life’s Free Fall
When the bottom drops out of our world, are we prepared for the free fall? Maybe we never received a warning to strap in and brace for the ride. Or how we need a tight grip on something—anything. Because we never signed up or volunteered.
Life has a way of dropping us with stunning speed and force, leaving us unable to breathe. And it robs our hope in goodness. Free-falling through a loved one dying, losing a job, broken relationships, wayward children, or illness.
Now the current world-wide pandemic has brought on a free fall of fear, an unfamiliar way of life, hopelessness, grief, financial loss, and an unprecedented time none of us has ever experienced.
Perhaps we wonder if this ride ever ends. Maybe we hope to unbuckle and get off soon. And we wish to plant our feet back on solid ground again.
Furthermore, what happened to the good parts of life? This isn’t how we envisioned 2020 or our lives—the bottom fell out.
Instead, a free fall consumes our mind and heart. Fear and hopelessness become constant, unwelcome companions for the ride. “We’re in this together,” they promise.
My recent article discusses Fearful in the What-ifs or Fearless in Christ.
Will we ever know the thrill of life as an adventure again? Will our heart dare to risk another free fall?
When life isn’t good, we wonder if it will ever be good again. We search for hope—something to grip when everything else has fallen away.
Assurance for the Ride
During past free falls, when the bottom fell out of my world, I went on a quest for hope. And I discovered hope’s power lies in truth: God is good, full of mercy, and steadfast in love—no matter what happens.
That’s the place where hope rises.
Scripture speaks of this hope in God’s goodness. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” Psalm 27:13-14 NIV (emphasis added).
God promises assurance for our adventure and journey in life. Hope in His goodness. “We’re in this together. Bring me along for the ride. I can see your entire life. My view is from the top. And I am always with you.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You created me. Life begins with Your love and inherent goodness. It’s who You are and continue to be. Cause me to recognize the presence of goodness today. And when life hasn’t turned out as I once hoped. Or when the bottom falls out of the world. You alone make my heart strong and confident as I hope in Your goodness. I wait for You. Amen.
The Bible speaks of hope in none other than Jesus Christ.
Do you know Him?
Is He along for the ride with you?