“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
I have often thought that life as a believer is like a roller coaster ride. It starts with the climb of anticipation, and then it begins. You drop in and away you go. It’s scary and faster than you thought, but you adjust. You roll with the curves. You’re living the life. Then when the trilling part is over, you take the slow approach to the end. I thought that I had reached the slow part. I was winding down waiting to depart. Alas, I was mistaken. I’m still living on the ride. Life is still happening at a fast pace, and I’m trying to keep up. Perhaps this Christian life has a more abrupt end.
Once you accept salvation through Jesus, you’re on the ride with him; you have no control over where it is going, you have put your trust in him. You can jump out, but that usually ends badly. Jesus took the ride. He surrendered control to the will of God. Thus his prayer, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” He asked for a change of direction, yet he stayed the course.
This morning, I’m not asking for a change of direction. I’m just asking for help to stay the course. I can’t do it without his help. The roller coaster ride of the Christian life is impossible alone. I need Jesus all the time. Besides, life is always much nicer with a friend by your side. We get an all-powerful, all-knowing friend for our ride.