Every year our church held its annual Sunday school picnic at an amusement park.  It was old and run down, few people went there anymore, but for what we needed it was fine.  You could rent the park for the day, and ride all the rides and play all the games for free.  It was a nice family time.


My husband and I always liked to ride the merry-go-round at least once on these occasions.  I loved the old-fashioned décor and hearing the bold brass band music playing as we enjoyed the ride.  I would only ride on the animals that went up and down as we went round and round it was fun.


I thought of how life is like a merry-go-round you get on at the beginning and off when the ride is over. The up and down animals represent our Spiritual life, we get up so close to the Lord at times, but then we always seem to end up down in the mullygrubs, wondering  what happened and why God seems to be nowhere to be found.


I thought of Jesus how He came to the river Jordan and was baptized by His cousin John, a dove landed on Him, and out of Heaven a voice ”This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased—I’m sure there were angels singing, and harps playing. Yet, immediately He was led into the wilderness for forty days, not by the devil, but by the Holy Spirit.


 Then He gathered twelve men to be His disciples, and He went about opening the eyes of the blind, healing the lame, cleansing the lepers, He even raised the dead.  Upon entering Jerusalem amid shouts of “Hosanna, Hosanna”, and being treated like a King, the very next week some of these same people shouted “Crucify Him, Crucify Him”.


After sharing a final meal with His friends He ended up in the Garden of Gethsemane sweating great drops of blood, one of His chosen friends had betrayed Him, One was about to deny Him not once, but three times, and the other’s fell asleep after He asked them to watch and pray with Him.


He was beaten, bruised and bleeding, hung on a cross, and one of the last things He said was “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me? “ But then three days later He arose from the dead, in all of His glorious splendor and today is seated at the right hand of His Father.


You could say that Jesus had an up and down merry-go-round life, but it was a life of purpose.  He suffered the anguish of betrayal, rejection and death to let us know He understands what we go through.  He is able to relate to all our hurts, all sickness, pain, and even our shame.  He bore them on the cross and He conquered death, hell and the grave.


God sees the world from creation to eternity; we see the world in our little time slot of about eighty years.  He knows the end from the beginning and He never takes His hands off of us, and yes we will have up and down merry-go-round experiences often in this life, but they are only for a moment in the scheme of God’s plan. God is in control, be still and know.


Hebrews 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.



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