I went to Six Flags with my daughter last night. She brought a friend and I was on my own. I had a great time. The funny thing is that I went from ride to ride and with each one I was transported back in time to another day.
I rode on the Batman roller coaster and was there again with my daughter Sarah. She was just the right age when it was introduced and I remember going on it with her for the first time. I went on the Mind Eraser and I rode with my friend Al. I kept thinking about the time that he and I rode it two or three times in a row while his wife and our kids went to the water park.
I rode the Buzzsaw and kept thinking about my daughter Rachel and her friends. They love that ride and I have been on it many times with her. I crossed the park and decided to go on the old Thunderbolt. That the big rollercoaster when I was a kid. I remember coming here when it was Riverside Park with a friend from high school. I had a crush on grace and we rode all the rides on my birthday. I thought of her as I rode it.
My daughter called me and asked me if I wanted to go in the Haunted Mansion with her and her friend so I met them there. As we were going through I kept thinking of Kay, a former Youth Leader who took us on a couple of trips to great Haunted Houses when she was working with our kids. It was almost like she was there.
With every ride, I had another memory and an old friend rode with me. It got me thinking about the way we include Jesus in our lives. The truth is that if we invite him to come along with us every day, we will always see him when we look back on the events of our lives. What a blessing that is, especially when we go through those difficult times. It will remind us that Jesus is always there when we need him and call on him.