I took her hand, anxiously awaiting lift off. I felt the weight of responsibility. After all, I’d talked her into doing it. The attendant buckled us in, the chair began it’s ascent and the safety of solid ground was barely in view. Traveling backwards and over the mountain top, a realization came: we only had a single strap across our laps and this was not safe!
I squeezed her hand as the ride neared at the top, leaning us forward in our seats and forcing us to look down. Suspended in the air and alone with my thoughts, internally I cried out, Oh God! I’m going to kill mother. Then I’ll have to call the her boys and try to explain.
Before I had a chance to come up with my story—telling David and Jeff what happened to mom—we were flying through the air on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line. Mom let go of me and put her hands in the air while singing, “Weeeeee!”
The accuracy of the air brakes, brought us to a sudden halt. Mom smiled at me and said, “That was fun!”
I exhaled as she safely stepped off the ride, back on solid ground.
As we gathered our belongings from the attendant, I heard a voice from within.
Hang on, stay focused, enjoy the ride.
In response I whispered, “What?”
And then, a gentle voice on the mountain breeze, blew through my soul.
*Hang on: When you reached the top and titled forwarding in your seat, you felt like you would fall. But I’ve got you. My loving arms keep you safely close to me. I will never drop you. Hang on—to Me. I’m the One who makes you soar in victory.
*Stay focused: Don’t look at the drop or think of the fall. Keep your eyes on Me. I am the Master, watch what I am truly doing.
*Enjoy the ride: Even in those uncertain, scary moments, you are safe with Me. This life is over before you know it, so don’t miss the excitement of it. Enjoy the ride.
With new clarity, I pulled my shoulders back and walked over to the ticket booth. Mom called from behind, “Where are you going?”
She caught up to me and I replied, “I’m buying a ticket for the Alpine Coaster.”
I hopped on with a renewed spirit. I held on, stayed focused…
and enjoyed the ride.