Sometimes I feel like life is like a huge Ferris wheel.
This Ferris wheel is always turning; we are in a continual cycle of ups and downs. The interesting thing about this ride is that the pace is never the same– sometimes we seem to slow down at the top and we have times in our life that are wonderful and seem to last forever, but then we are inevitably faced with downs, hard times or trials, which may be short or may take longer than we’d like for the wheel to start slowly moving up again.
Have you ever felt this before? And if you have, have you ever stepped back and wondered….what is the point? I mean really, who wants to ride around on an endless Ferris wheel? If we are in this continual cycle going nowhere, then why even get on?
The first: JOY! Joy in the journey! I don’t know about you, but some of the most magnificent scenes I have ever beheld have been the grandeur of looking down on God’s remarkable creations–whether that’s
- at the top of a Ferris wheel
- the breathtaking view at the summit of a mountain peak
- out the window of an airplane
- from the top of the Eiffel Tower (or any other skyscraper!)
Pretty darn beautiful. So the next time you are at the lowest of low, just remember that you will once again be at the magnificent top somewhere in the future! And in the meanwhile–enjoy the ride. Every single spot you are at on this wheel brings you a different perspective on what is around you, and it can be just as beautiful.
The second: Here’s where the the difference comes in. Unlike a Ferris wheel, our ups and downs DO have a point, and they DO get us somewhere. They shape our hearts, they build our character, they give us experience, they bring us joy, and they fit us for the celestial life to come. We need to experience the lows in life, otherwise we would never fully appreciate and understand the highs. We need to face challenges, otherwise we would never truly be shaped into the divine beings that we were designed to become.
I am personally so grateful for both of these experiences–through the darker times, I have come to learn so much about my Savior and so much about myself. I can honestly say that I am building an unshakable foundation in Jesus Christ and His Gospel that cannot be rooted up by anything. I still struggle, I am still weak, but truly through Christ I am divinely capable and SO ARE YOU and so is EVERYONE ELSE! If we have faith, even as a grain of mustard seed, then we can overcome all things, because God can work through us. And does He not have all power? “Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:31)
So, enjoy EVERY MOMENT life has to offer you. Embrace the ups and downs. Keep having faith and trust in God’s promises! They are REAL and I know He will fulfill His promises to each and every one of us. Look forward with light in your eyes and love in your hearts and know He will bless you with the joy and strength to rise to whatever challenges you are facing!
And remember, “Count it all joy.” (James 1:2)
(p.s. ^^ “If there were no ups and downs in life, we would be dead.” 😉 )