Roller-Coaster Ride



Roller-Coaster Ride


You never change

I’m glad about that

Don’t get me wrong

but sometimes I envy that about You

Sometimes this roller coaster ride

really gets to me…

I long for the straight stretch at the end

where it slows down

so I can see what’s up ahead

I’m not a thrill seeker

and surprises can get wearisome

Help me to ride out

the peaks and the depths

of uncertainty and adversity

Cause You never change

and after all –

You know what’s up ahead

even if I’m trembling

on the turnarounds

and beleaguered

by corkscrews

and double loops

You’ve got this theme park

called life

all under control –

Thank You!

I couldn’t bear it

if I thought this ride

didn’t end well.


Hang On Tight Blessings ~ Wendy

Do you worry about the future?  Or do you try to take life one day at a time?  I vacillate between the two.  I know what the right answer is – but it’s hard sometimes, when you are only human.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

32 thoughts on “Roller-Coaster Ride

  1. Amazing photos and poem, dear Wendy! I am not a good roller coaster person . . like things nice and level and slow! Boring, aren’t I? 🙂 I might tend to worry about the future, but He seems to keep me too occupied during my days to be able to. He’s sneaky, in good ways, like that. God bless you and yours and all the days ahead!

    1. Debbie, boring sounds good to me! I can always drum up some fun in the garden or on a hike but I like things calm around the house. His ways are certainly above ours…so if He allows some drama into the mix – I need to rest in his grace.

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

  2. Oh my beloved sister, this was absolutely beautiful on many different levels…
    * There was beauty in your vulnerability, as you spoke of your fears…
    * There was beauty in your desire to be like God – never changing…
    * There was beauty in your faith, that though life can be turbulent and full of spins
    and dips and curves, it’s all in God’s hands…
    * There was beauty in the photography, which displayed the frozen, wintry image that
    seems to represent those times in life where it seems that we are just standing still,
    unable to grow, sometimes unable to move because of the fears and hardships
    we endure…
    * There was beauty in the picture of that leaf, thawed from the long winter, with
    greenery surrounding it, ready to grow and flourish once again…

    Thank you for sharing your great gift with us!

    Love you,

    1. Oh Cheryl, thanks for your strengthening words! Hugs! I am giving my personal testimony at our women’s club tomorrow night and I think this is what motivated this poem… Group situations are not my favorite place to be. But we are not comforted and healed to keep it all to ourselves. I wrote it out to read – so I’ll just pretend I’m in my den reading out a draft blog post. 😉 Just kiddin’ “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”

      Blessings dear friend & sister ~ Wendy xo

      1. Wendy, I have no doubt that your words will bless every woman there. Don’t forget what the Lord told Moses, when he protested that he wasn’t good at public speaking…

        But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me. I’m clumsy with words.”

        “Who makes mouths?” the LORD asked him. “Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go, and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well, and I will tell you what to say.” (Exodus 4:10-12 NLT)

        You just go ahead and walk in His strength. He has called you for such a time as this. I can’t wait to hear how He used your words to minister to others!

        Much, much love to you,

  3. Wonderful poem and great photos!! Some days I can relax and let whatever happens happen, other days I’m full of plans for the future. In both cases, I try not to worry and stay positive. 🙂 It doesn’t always work, but I try. And I’m very thankful for having a good life that allows me to think about the past/present/future! Many people don’t have any other option than to live day by day.

    1. Calee, I think your thankful attitude is awesome! Hugs! “A thankful heart is a happy heart.” I got that quote from a children’s video. 🙂

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

  4. I definitely relate to this poem. The photo of the frost covered leaf is stunning.

    Father Pio said it best, “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry.”

    I wanted to formally bestow my nomination to you for the Blog of the Year 2012. Your blog contains thought-provoking poems about the human experience through faith.

    May God continue to bless you with an increase of light.

    Your nomination can be found here:

    1. Father Pio says it well! I find that it helps me not to think about serious stuff after 9 pm. In the morning things don’t seem so overwhelming. Now our whole family practices that, and they remind me if I forget. 😉 Thank you for the nomination, Jade. I don’t participate in awards anymore, but I will post a thank you and link back for those who have nominated me. I appreciate the gesture!

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

  5. Wendy, I will be praying for you as you speak to the women. It’s amazing how God uses our vulnerability and brokenness to encourage others. May you be blessed and your cup “filled to overflowing” dear friend and sister!

    1. Thank you so much, Daisy! Hugs! Prayers of His people are powerful and give strength to the weak… I just e-mailed off a copy of my testimony to my friend (Pastor’s wife) as she will be leading the music and introducing me.

      Blessings dear friend & sister ~ Wendy xo

  6. Wow Wendy-Lee, that’s a heap of likes!
    I think we all worry about our future! Mine is in shambles right now! My marriage is on very shaky ground! So, I need a hug from you! Night Paula xxxx

    1. Dear Paula, I am so sorry that you are going through this. Nothing is more heart wrenching than marriage trouble or concerns about our children. We’ve had valleys too, and I pray that you both can find your way through this one and come back to the mountaintop. Hugs & prayers sweet one. I am happy to share any info that has helped us in our troubles. E-mail me if you like:

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

  7. Ah, how my heart resonates with this one! I get tired of the roller-coaster, and impatient with myself that I am still where I am and not further, toward who I long to be. I’m so glad to know the One who is always constant!!

    1. I agree that there is so much peace in remembering that He does not change. Melody, it only seems like yesterday that I was in the roller-coaster ride as a teen, and now I get to enjoy one with my own three teens! 😉 But I can trust the One who runs this carnival.

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

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