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Stop the Ride! I Want to Get Off.

You’ve felt that way before, haven’t you?

My niece HannahBrooke smiled  with glee as she settled in next to her Uncle Rob on the Sea World water ride. But by the end, terror capsized her glee. She wanted off the ride.

Her ride-loving mom (my sister) laughed while our brother tried to soothe her. But she had no love for this ride.

I could snap this picture only because I’d refused to even get on the ride.

Unlike amusement park rides, we can’t refuse to get on this wild ride we call life. God chose to create us, and He doesn’t make mistakes.

We’re on it together, but we don’t all have the same experience.

While some of us are screaming in terror, others are laughing with joy.

No matter what kind of ride you’re experiencing, at some point, you’re going to want off.

Jesus knew that feeling (Hebrews 4:15), and He left us encouraging words that help us ride to the end—and be glad we did.

From “Let Me Off” to “Nevertheless”

Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let me off this ride.”

Ok, not really. He actually prayed:

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me…” (Matthew 26:39).

We can pray that, too.

But then let’s remember to end our prayer as Jesus did:

“nevertheless not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).

Now My Soul Is Troubled

Jesus said, “Now is my soul troubled” (John 12:27).

Jesus wasn’t whining with this statement. He never dishonored God once in what He thought, said, or did. Thus, if Jesus could express that his soul was troubled, can’t we? And without feeling like a failed Christian?

Why did God’s Spirit inspire the gospel writers to record Jesus’ words? Why didn’t Jesus just keep His thoughts to Himself? Perhaps the disciples—and we—need to hear them.

We need to watch Christ’s example for when our soul is troubled and we want off the ride. It’s okay to admit it to God and to the world. God knows anyway, and He cares. And our 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 will infuse our courage with strength if we understand the power of them.

“And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour” (John 12:27).

No moment ever arrived that Jesus reconsidered continuing the treacherous ride God had placed Him on.

The ride He’d willingly chosen. The ride He could stop in an instant.

When Roman guards came to arrest Jesus, the disicple Peter slashed off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Jesus stopped him and said:

“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 abandoned the ride before the end—if He’d refused God’s plan for Him.

If He had, all hope for us would’ve skidded to a tragic halt. Even if we were to strive our entire lives from the crib to the grave to make ourselves right with God, we’d fail. From the first day, we’d fail.

Thankfully, from the beginning, Jesus intended to ride to the end.

“For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:4 HCSB).

Christ knew the ride would be terrible, but it would bring great joy. So He didn’t stop the ride. He rode it all the way to the end.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 BSB).

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.

Don’t doubt that you’ll want off the ride at times, but don’t doubt God’s plan either.

We can’t see the end from the beginning, but God sees it all. And you can trust that the end of your wild ride will result in your good and God’s great glory. It will end in a joy you wouldn’t want to miss.

God has a specific purpose for your ride. If you knew that purpose, it would give you all the strength you need to ride to the bitter end. But God doesn’t always reveal what He’s doing. When He doesn’t, don’t give doubt an inch.

Like Jesus, trust God’s heart and His hand.

Never give doubt an inch. It’s so stingy, it will demand a country mile.

Three Powerful Truths for Whatever Ride You’re On

How’s your ride now? Is it the ride of your life ❤️? Or the ride of your nightmares 😱?

When you stop laughing and start shrieking, remember these three powerful truths:

1. It’s God’s plan for your life.

“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18).

2. God never makes mistakes.

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him” (Psalm 18:30).

3. Jesus will never leave your side.

And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:20

Please share this with anyone you know who’s on a bumpy ride. Or will ever be on one. (I think I just covered everyone.)

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