Roller Coaster

September 20, 2010

Do you remember riding a roller coaster as a kid (or maybe even recently as an adult)?  Do you remember the feeling you had after the slow ascent to the top of the hill just before the anticipation of the fast whirlwind ride down the hill?  That feeling still gets me just thinking about it!

Sometimes, I find that life is like that moment on top of the huge hill on a roller coaster.  We have made our steady ascent to a point, and when we look ahead we see that life is about to pick up speed at a pace we are just not sure we can handle.  It’s that point when we look ahead we see calendars and task-lists full of appointments, engagements, meetings, big projects, and deadlines. Perhaps, we are being called on tremendously in each of the various roles we have in life.

In these moments, we can easily lose sight of what is important because we are caught up in the details of getting through the day.  These moments are huge tests of our faith– can we hold tight to what matters, let go of control, and begin the downward descent trusting that God is our guide? No matter what, God is with us every step of the way as we raise kids, take tests, attend meetings, meet deadlines, and participate in all the roles that God gifts us with.

When we get into the fast downward descent, who are we turning to?
Are taking the time to keep God as our number one priority?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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