I am not a great fan of fun rides in amusement parks. Not that I am afraid of these rides, err, hmmm… (Yes I am not afraid of these rides), but allergic to rides. I remember getting into a roller coaster once. I had no option to resist the ride, because my whole family was ready to go including the tiny tots. They wouldn’t understand even if I explain to them that I am allergic to rides, (cough, cough). So I sat in this roller coffin and was praying that it should malfunction before it could start off. I was sitting there and managed to keep a smile, all the while I was imagining a lot of stuff. “What if my seat belt alone snaps off when we are upside down? What if this whole thing collapses? Rebuking the demon of fear also did not work. Finally, this death machine started. All began to scream joyfully. But some closed their eyes, while some saw their dead grand parents. Some could hear their own heart beat. (That some is definitely not me. Mind you!)
But the highlight of the ride was when the roller coaster reached the top and was ready to go down. The excitement was so intense that people started screaming, laughing out loud, and cheering. When the ride was over, some people wanted to go for round 2!!!
So here is my point. In a roller coaster ride, going down is exciting whereas in life going down is painful, sometimes deadly.
But some might argue, “Well, life has its ups and downs, just like a roller coaster.” Of course life has its ups and downs. For example, death of a loved one, a tsunami destroying villages, earthquake devastating cities, terrorists blowing up countries, and so on. These events can have a major impact in our lives and these are definite lows in life. These lows are something we cannot control.
However, you can control certain things from going down in your life. For example, when you get married, you reach the top. If you are committed to your spouse, you will love, understand, care and forgive him/her. This will prevent your marriage from going down.
If you get a job, you reach the top. If you concentrate more, sharpen your skills, communicate better, take up new roles and responsibilities, chances are high for you to get promotion, hikes and privileges. Your name will not be in the “layoff” list of your company.
A person accepting Jesus. Don’t you think this is the highest peak one could ever reach? But soon, I see their excitement fading away. They don’t sing the way they sang before, they don’t talk with Jesus like the way they talked before, and they don’t listen to the word like they listened before. Result! Downward spiral. The enemy is now walking all over them. (The term “Back sliding Christian seems to make sense now. From where does a Christian slide? Answer: From the top)(I am not judging anyone here. Even I had similar issues in my spiritual life.)
What is the problem? We don’t desire to reach and stay on top. Bible calls God as the “Most High”. The angels announcing Jesus birth sang “Glory to God in the highest”. Psalms 121:1-2, says “I raise my eyes towards the mountains. Where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth”. Isaiah 57:15 says “Thus saith the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place….”
Do you see what I see in these verses? God is on the top. We, the children of the “Most High” God should desire to be just like our Abba Father.
The devil is the “most low” god of his people. Don’t give him company. Kick the devil in his tail and shout praises to the “Most High”. Up, up, and awayyyyyyyy.
“Higher, Higher, Higher, Higher, Higher, Higher,
Higher, Higher, lift up Jesus Higher, Higher.”
“Lower, lower, lower, lower, lower
Lower, lower, lower Satan lower”
– Isaac Balinda