A God View

The Roller Coaster

I recently watched a video by the motivational speaker called Josh Shipp on Godtube. He compared parenting a teenager to a roller coaster. The teenager's the seat and the parent's the lap bar. At the beginning of the ride, the lap bar is tugged on to make sure it is secure. Then the ride ensues... it is pushed and pulled to determine whether or not it will hold. To discover its trustworthiness.

Maybe you'd like to see what he has to say for yourself?


What'd you think? Kind of mind-blowing, isn't it?

Well, let's bring it down...closer to home a little bit. What if we were sitting in the roller coaster and God was the lap bar?

It's easy to listen to advice when we're talking about other people, yes, even when it's our children. After all, our children are someone else. They have free will and can make mistakes of their own...mistakes for which we are not accountable. And we are adults. People in control of our lives.

But is that really true? Aren't we children? Children of God? Aren't we pushing and pulling at the lap bar? (maybe you should watch that video now)

I would love to say that I'm the perfect Daughter. That I follow God in all things as an obedient child and never test Him or His ways. If I said those things, I'd be lying. I do test the limits of His rules, His patience, and His love, making sure He's trustworthy, much like my own teenager did.

I struggle against this fleshly body. I fight my human emotions and desires. I push and pull at that bar as hard as I can. I fight His restrictions and His boundaries, thinking that I know best. Oh, I get angry and lash out, and when I struggle to extricate myself from His grasp, I teeter on the edge of crashing to the ground. In those moments of rebellion, He never fails. The bar holds.

God is faithful. He forgives me and loves me, not as a Friend or Best Buddy, but as a Father. He draws me close and continually reminds me of the Friend and Savior I have in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Remember, when you are pushing and pulling, struggling against the roller coaster of life, you can trust the bar. He never fails.

In Christ,


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Wendy. Josh Shipp's video may have been short but it impacted me. I hope it touched others as well. I give God the glory for all!

  2. Wow, thank you Renee! So inspiring and needed today.

    1. I'm so thankful God could help both of us through this post! God is good. . all the time!

  3. Thanks for sharing your incites, Renee. By God's grace, we all hope to grow into His likeness. Cheers

  4. What a wonderful post, Renee. Thank you for sharing.

    1. You're welcome, Deb. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it m

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    1. Thank you, Ann. I appreciate you and your faithfulness so much. Your opinion means the world to me.

  6. Such a great and inspiring post!
    Good luck and God's blessings

    1. Thank you, Pam. That means so much to me! Thanks for stopping by and blessings to you as well. :)


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