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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Step Back...and Let Go

It was called the “Spindletop” here in Georgia.

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The dark bare walls of this cylindrical room always made me nervous...

Step back with your feet against the wall!”, was the first order from the operator.

Remain in your spot and don’t move!”

The room began to spin...faster and faster...up to speeds of 33 revolutions per minute (or so I am told)

Let go!”, my cousin shouts, as I grip his hand tightly...

Then, the floor drops about 2 or 3 feet and we are left

Hanging...on the wall...

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By a force so strong we are helpless to stop it...

Yeah, I know that thrill ride is considered “old school” to this generation, but back in the day it nearly terrified me...

Stuck in one spot...held up by an unseen force...

If we had refused to step back”, things would not have worked correctly...

If I had notlet go”, my cousin might have been mad at me the rest of the afternoon...

So now during this prelude to summer in Georgia, I find myself on another ride...

There are only seconds remaining before the room begins its revolutions...and I hear...

Step Back...

So I stay,

and then

Let Go...

(this part is way hard but I know it’s what I have to do)

The floor drops

And that force so strong I am helpless to stop it

Rushes in like the wind

And I am held up

By His power

And His mighty hand


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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Is there a situation in your life that the Lord is wanting you to step back and let go?


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13 thoughts:

melanieabneyphotography said...

Karen, I think that is one of the best blogs I've read yet. There is so much truth wrapped up in those simple instructions. Thank you for writing from your heart.

Anonymous said...

I love it Karen...you are so blessed with words of wisdom, encouragement & inspiration

DAD

Denise said...

You bless me sis, love you.

Lyli @ 3dLessons4Life said...

Love that verse from Isaiah! :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I was not brave enough to ride the Spindletop...or anything scary!
I am so Thankful that He is an unseen force holding us

Jackie said...

Luv this Karen! However.....reading this reminded of when I rode the same ride when I was a teenager and got sooooo sick!!! Seriously, I had my head hanging out the window all the home on 285! Barfed my head off! Laugh about it now....but not then!!

Luv Isaiah 41:10!

Blessings to you!
Jackie

Jerralea said...

What a great analogy for Isaiah 41:10! I'm sure I'll remember this always.

Chatty Crone said...

I like that analogy too - he holds us in when we are speeding out of control! sandie

Sarah (Nikki) said...

wow Karen...this is an incredible analogy. I never experienced that kind of ride or even heard about it.

Pamela said...

Perfect analogy. I've experience God holding on to me. Many times. Just the thought keeps me steady!

Deborah Ann said...

You have NO idea how this spoke to me today!!! I did just that this morning, said to God "I can't carry this burden anymore. I know I'm disappointing you, but I can't do it!" And it was hard for me to hand this over all the while feeling His...disapproval because I failed. But maybe I didn't fail? Maybe He wanted this all along. I'm hoping that's the case...

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

A wild ride indeed! Just this weekend, we were talking about all the terrifying rides at theme parks, and this very one gripped me with terror each time. My kids were looking at me strange (not even sure they have these rides anymore). Anyway, it is about the letting go in the dark and relying on the strong arms of Jesus to hold us to the wall... hold us to our faith. This is my season of trust, and I'm counting on the Father to carry me through.

Blessings for a beautiful week, Karen.

~elaine

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You're a lot braver than I; I can't imagine doing what you did. No, I'm not all that good at theme parks either, haven't been to one in decades and don't think I've missed anything especially since God is holding me up...great analogy. Love the way you put it together!

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