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Topic: Mothers (05/02/05)
TITLE: The Ride
By Shellie Power
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The line-up was long and everyone in line was filled with anticipation. Inching forward, those gathered would talk excitedly about the ride they were waiting to go on. Some had been before and told vivid stories trying to explain what the ride was like. Others, like myself, were in line for the first time
The wait was long. There were moments when I felt as though I would be stuck in that line-up forever. Finally I was lead to the loading area and given a very technical explanation about the ride I was going to take. As I took my place the only thing I could really remember was to hold on tight.
The ride began slowly and I had time to look around. It was beautiful. I was filled with a confidence that suddenly was left in my throat with my stomach as the ride unexpectedly plummeted toward the ground. From that moment on I never knew which direction I would be going next. There were turns everywhere and often I felt as if I wouldn't be able to hold on much longer. Despite fear and sometimes even panic the smile on my face showed others in line that I was definitely enjoying myself. As I was being helped off the ride, I said the words that many had said before me--"I'd like to do THAT again!".
It has been years since my first coaster ride. Each time I go on one, I am surprised by how it feels like the first time. I think I know what to expect but I am always caught off guard.
The wait to become a mother was long and filled with anticipation. There were moments when I felt as though I would be stuck in that waiting stage forever.
I remember holding our first as a newborn and being in awe of the beauty of him. I was confident and prepared but then the ride started. Much like a roller coaster in so many ways. I never know which direction I will be taken as there seem to be turns everywhere. My heart has also known fear and panic and one day when I felt as if I wouldn't be able to hold on much longer I shared my fears with my mother. She agreed with me that having children was indeed much like the roller coaster at the park. She has reminded me many times that although there are similarities what is most important is the Difference.
At the park, we willingly step onto the ride without even thinking about who is driving the train. As a mother the most important thing is to step into the role and know that God Himself is driving. God in His wisdom will use the turns and the dips and work out His purpose. Knowing that He is in control helps to keep my stomach in its place and gives me just enough confidence to look around and see the beauty surrounding the ride I am on.
I have taken this ride three times and just like the roller coaster I am surprised by how each one feels so different from the other. I think I know what to expect but am always caught off guard. No matter where this ride will take me there is one thing I can say with confidence: "Praise be to God (the train driver of my ride) for these indescribable gifts!'
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