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I Hate Roller Coasters


When I was younger, I had so many opportunities to do fun things. Whether it was going camping or roller skating, weekends were filled with exciting times. Even on the weekdays, we had the occasional surprise of going somewhere special with a guarantee that we’d be smiling soon. Most of the weekday adventures included trips to one of the theme parks in the area. Since we lived in Sacramento, it was easy to visit Great America or Marine World in a day and still drive back home before night. The weekdays were better as we did not have to wait in long lines to get on rides. But that did not matter to me because I HATE ROLLER COASTERS and always will. What made me excited was the drive and the chance to see the windmills.

I have always been a little different from others when it came to the thrills of life. For me, roller coasters provided an escape for people from their regular life and that is all good. However, the windmill was a part of life that depended on natural energy to create sustainable energy for all. This was unique as it reminded me of how God provides energy that is natural but allows the outcome to be sustainable to others. When the wind ceases, so does the output of energy the windmill outputs. But wind the wind is roaring, the windmill not only puts out energy but it displays the relationship between the two; even though the wind cannot be seen.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13). As children of God, we all have the ability to inspire the world to go forward and do better, just like the windmill produces energy. Or we can avoid the opportunity and find the next thing that distracts us from reality and keeps us in a loop. Every day we live is another opportunity for us to reflect on the nature of God and put our best foot forward. Remember, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

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