Revival on a Roller Coaster

I’m of the opinion that, if you keep your eyes peeled, you can find a nugget of spiritual encouragement in everything.

Yesterday I was blessed to spend some quality time with my girls. We loaded up bright and early and made the drive over to Pigeon Forge for a day at Dollywood! You know how the old saying goes… “It’s not what you know but who you know”? Well, our oldest daughter, Jillian, is a server at Dixie Stampede. Therefore, the admission into Dollywood for all of us is $24.00!!! Can you say, score?!

We made our way in and turned left toward the coasters. I love a good rollercoaster and Dollywood just happens to have some of the best I’ve had the opportunity to ride. The most anticipated ride of the day was the Wild Eagle. It’s new there this year and worth the trip to experience.

We got in line, which thankfully wasn’t long and made our way to the front seat. Yes, we will wait a few extra minutes for a front seat. As we stood there waiting to ride the ride came through several times for us to see. A big beautiful Bald Eagle that has seats in his wings. What a feeling… We were fixing to mount up on wings like eagles!!!

Recently we’ve been facing some stressful times and a day away was what we needed but this subtle reminder of how the Lord will exalt those who wait upon him made my heart swell.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Just a brief study to clarify what this passage means to the born again. I do not believe that Isaiah was suggesting that anyone just sit back and do nothing while waiting on God to move. I’m of the opinion that the word wait here is referring to service. As I mentioned earlier, Jillian is a server at Dixie Stampede which means she “waits” on people. Every night when she gets home from work, believe me, she needs some rest so that her strength might be renewed.

The rest of the verse, I believe, supports what I’m convinced we’re supposed to take from this. The remainder of the verse consists of actions that would cause us to exert energy; Walking, and running. Think about it… Who gets weary or faints over sitting still?

Our Lord runs to the rescue of those who actively serve. I had a little revival in my spirit yesterday as I soared on the wings of the Wild Eagle.

Keep your eyes opened… God reveals Himself in the unlikeliest of places!


About Chris Allman

I'm one of the millions who have experienced the repercussion of my sinful past. Unlike many, through Christ, I have recognized that the path before me does not have to be determined by the path behind. I have experienced the sweet forgiveness of God and have therefore chosen to walk in that forgiveness. Forgiving self is a day to day task and I believe that's why His mercies are new every morning. I pray that this daily reminder that we can choose to begin living today like we wish we'd lived in the past will be a solace for many who struggle with those things they wish they hadn't done.
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10 Responses to Revival on a Roller Coaster

  1. Marie Bittinger says:

    That’s what excites me about each and every day, you just never know where or when.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. First roosters, now eagles. 😀

  3. Janice Allman says:

    Another meaningful blog and so true. Every day is a new day with our Lord at the helm.
    Saw your videos, quite a ride.

  4. Glenda says:

    Happy you folks had a little time for some fun, although I don’t have any fun with roller coasters! Don’t like heights, but I don’t think I’ll have any trouble with Heaven’s heights! Thank you for pointing out that we are to be busy while we wait. Praying for safety as you fellows travel again!

  5. Melissa says:

    I can’t express how incredibly timely and appropriate this morning’s blog was to an experience I had earlier today, only He used as his subtle reminder a soaring egret and an image in some lingering clouds, rather than the wings of an Wild Eagle. I had never considered your interpretation of what ‘waiting’ entails, but I think you’re right on target. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Son says:

    My legs get sore from too much sitting…

  7. I could write something everyday called, “my life today” and I suppose I often do as I journal. I’d like to encourage your readers to write down those observations. It is time well spent. But, better than I have done, make sure you write neatly. I can’t even read some of my past! Shame on me for sloppy penmanship.

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