You’ve felt that way before, haven’t you?
My family and I took my niece HannahBrooke to Sea World, and she wanted OFF the ride.
Her mom (my sister) was laughing and smiling behind her, and my brother was trying to encourage her.
I was able to snap this picture of HannahBrooke because I refused to get on the ride to begin with!
Unlike an amusement park ride, we can’t refuse to get ON this wild ride called life. God chose to create us, and He doesn’t make mistakes!
We’re on this ride together, but it isn’t always the same for us all the time.
Some of us are screaming our heads off while others are laughing and having fun.
No matter what kind of ride you’re on now, I can assure you that at some point, you’re going to want off the ride.
Jesus knew that feeling (Hebrews 4:15), and He left us encouraging words that will help us ride to the end — and be glad we did!
From “Let Me Off” to “Nevertheless”
Jesus prayed, “Let me off!”
Ok, not really. He actually prayed:
“If it is possible, let this cup pass from me…”
We can pray that, too.
But then we must remember to end our prayer as Jesus did:
“nevertheless not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).
Jesus also said,
“Now is my soul troubled” (John 12:27).
We know Jesus never dishonored God once in what He thought, said, or did. So, if Jesus can admit His soul was troubled, can’t we?
And without feeling like a failed Christian?
Why did Jesus say what He said out loud? Why didn’t He just keep His thoughts to Himself?
Simple. The disciples — and we — needed to hear it.
He was teaching them, and us. It’s okay for us to be scared.
If our soul is troubled and we want off the ride, it’s okay to admit it. (He knows anyway. And your friends get it. They’ve felt the same way.)
A Troubled Soul Doesn’t Have to be a Hopeless Soul
After Jesus revealed His soul was troubled, He spoke words that should give us strength.
“And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour” (John 12:27).
There was never a moment when Jesus reconsidered continuing the treacherous ride God had placed Him on — and He had willingly chosen.
Jesus possessed the power to stop the ride in an instant.
He reminded His disciples of this when Peter tried to alter God’s plans for Jesus with a sword. He slashed off the high priest’s servants ear when the guards came to arrest Jesus.
“Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” (Matthew 26:53-54).
Imagine what would’ve happened if Jesus had hopped off the ride before the end — if He’d refused God’s plan for Him (and us).
All hope would be gone. We could strive our entire lives from the crib to the grave to make ourselves right with God, and we’d fail. On the first day we tried, we’d fail.
Thankfully, Jesus always intended to ride to the end.
The moment certainly troubled His soul, but the end resulted in God’s glory and our redemption. And that, He knew, was worth riding all the way to the end for!
Troubled But Not Darkened with Doubt
As fully God, Jesus knew the end from the beginning. He knew what His sacrifice would accomplish.
Though Jesus was troubled, never a doubt darkened His mind.
As fully man, Jesus trusted His Father. Never a doubt darkened His mind or troubled soul.
There will be times in our life when we want off the ride. NOW, God! Please!
Admit it. It’s ok. But then trust. Trust God’s plan.
We can’t see the end from the beginning, but God can. The end of this wild ride for you will result in God’s great glory, and you do not want to miss that.
God has a purpose for your ride that, if you knew what it was, would give you all the strength you need to ride every inch of the ride to the bitter end.
We don’t know what that purpose is, but God does. And we can trust it just as Jesus did.
Don’t give doubt an inch. It’s so stingy, it will demand a country mile.
Three Powerful Truths for Whatever Ride You’re On
What’s your ride like now?
Is it the ride of your life ❤️ ?
OR the ride of your nightmares 😱?
Whatever it is, never forget — or doubt — these three powerful truths:
1. It’s God’s plan for your life.
2. God never makes mistakes.
3. Jesus will never leave your side.