While the adventure seemed like a glorious opportunity the sense of dread was still very much present. Everything was in place; the equipment had been checked and double-checked. Those who were in charge gave the impression they were experienced and ready for any contingency. Instructions were given one final time before we were to set out. I had waited for this moment for what seemed to be a very long time. The anticipation had built especially the closer we came to the beginning of this journey. I had first heard of this prospective experience some time before. There were articles in the local and national papers. Television news reports did little more than confirm that I wanted to be part of this expedition. I was not alone in this, Jennifer was right there by my side. We were both willing to take this step especially as we were going to experience it together and we were in full agreement. Countless people had the same nervous looks upon their faces as we did while we waited our turn to set off. None of those gathered around us had done this before and the fear of the unexpected was in direct contrast with the excitement of being among some of the first to embark.
For Jennifer and I it was something we had been planning for a while and now that we were sitting in our assigned seats ready to embark it was all coming together beautifully. As the brand new train of the Hollywood Rip Rocket Ride Roller Coaster moved out of the station and toward the 167 foot vertical lift we nervously sat back and awaited the promised 65 mph thrills and boy was it worth it.
Can you imagine how the Hebrew slaves in Egypt must have felt as Moses prepared them to leave their imprisonment under the harsh regime of the Pharaoh to head toward a new home. They had heard many stories of this ‘promised land’ from their elders. The old tales of ancestors who had dwelled there in the past, those to whom God had told would occupy the land. Now it was time. They had a mix of anxiety and excitement. They knew very little about the journey yet trusted their leader and their God. They realized it was not going to be easy still they were open to new possibilities. So when morning came the bustling movement spurred by the excitement of adventure overcoming the fear of the unknown drew the crowds out of their homes and into the throng of the exodus.
I know a first time ride on a roller coaster is poor comparison to the Exodus of Israel out of slavery but the emotions were the same; Fear, excitement, anxiety and joy. No one in the group really knew what was before them, not even Moses. They believed it would be better for them, an improvement on their current circumstances and they assumed it would be worth it. It did however become a ‘roller coaster ride’ for them until some forty years later they crossed into the land of promise.
There are often times in our lives that require us to step out into the unknown. As we assess the situation, going through the pros and cons of the current and the prospective we experience the mixing of our emotions. It takes a little extra trust to commit to make that movement from thought to action. What I have learned is that when God calls us into something new or different he is right there by our side leading us into new blessings. Proverbs 3:5 declares; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Are you trusting in the Lord today? I can promise you it will feel like a ‘roller coaster ride’ but it will be the experience of a lifetime!