My first experience with roller coasters was while I was dating my husband. Theme parks, like Cedar Point, were not on my radar and I had never been on anything like the coasters theme park boasts.

To be fair, I didn’t know how much I would hate them. We entered the park – this was in the early 80’s – and made our way to the Gemini. (If you have been to Cedar Point recently, you know the Gemini is a tiny little coaster in the back of the park. At that time, it was the big dog.) We settled into our seats, buckled the harnesses and off we went. I hated every minute of it. We lived, got off and Dave successfully convinced me to get on the Corkscrew. And that’s how it went all day long. One after the other, hating every minute.

I fell into a pattern after I was safely harnessed into the seat – I prayed. Frantically and with many promises to God for future good behavior if he would get me safely off this awful machine. Solomon had something to say about that in chapter five of Ecclesiastes.

As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

He concludes the first few verses with an admonition to fear God rather than hurrying about making rash promises, speaking too many words in place of thoughtful behavior. To fear God isn’t to be afraid, rather proper respect for who He is, standing in awe and wonder of Him.

When I allow God to be who He is in all his holiness and glory, when I allow Him to magnificent, when I allow Him to take his rightful place in my life – my problems shrink and He is magnified.

Today stop talking and listen. Still yourself before the God of the universe and hear what he has to say. I invite you to take five minutes, turn your eyes to Jesus, looking full in his wonderful face.

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