Mark 5:36
Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” 

As the son of a Methodist minister, I was always taught to be optimistic, hopeful, and believe. After all, that’s what our faith teaches. As I was reflecting on the scripture, I thought of a favorite experience when I was younger that I’d like to share.

Have any of you ever been on a roller coaster? I love roller coasters, and my favorite was the Texas Cyclone at Astroworld. You would get in the car, strap in, safety bar down, and then you began the climb to the top. I can still hear the noise as the chain hoisted the car to the top of the first hill. I still remember the anticipation as we crested the first hill. We put our arms up in the air and screamed as we picked up speed, defied gravity, and finally dropped down to the first turn. Then the ride really began, and we tossed and turned, anticipating the next corner until, finally, the brakes went on and the ride was over.

I feel like we have been on a roller coaster ride so far this year, and it hasn’t been very fun. We started the new year off strong, and then we were introduced to COVID-19. During this time, we have all struggled with decisions, choices, fear, and worry, and through it all, we have been anticipating when the “ride” would be over. Throughout this unusual experience, though, there have been prayers and incredible moments of joy. I’ve felt God comfort me in my decisions and times of worry. God continues to give me hope for a better day. That’s what our faith is all about. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”

I believe we will adjust to our “new” normal just as we always have with all the changes of life.

Oh, yes. I still love roller coasters. They just hurt more as I get older. Keep the faith!

Closing Prayer:
Our gracious, heavenly Father, thank you for providing hope and comfort through each event and changing season of life. We are reminded of your Son’s words when he said, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” Thank you for your love. Amen.