Not as easy as it looks
Leaving the carousel seems like such a simple task. The problem for me was that when I left the carousel I knew my buddies and I would be moving on to “The Big Ones.” It would not have been so bad, except I had a problem with motion sickness and no amount of will power could overcome motion sickness on “The Big Rides.” The Ferris Wheel was not a Big Ride because though it went high, height did not bother me. And besides, if you were with a young lady she might pretend she was scared and sit closer to you. But I do remember the Hammer. You sat in the end of a tube while the tube spun on its axis and the whole thing rotated like a Ferris Wheel, only much faster. When you came down you were looking at the ground coming up at you. When you were going up you had the feeling you were going to be launched off into space to land somewhere out of town. I do remember that ride. I felt really sorry for the people down below when I launched the corn dog I had just eaten along with some ice cream.
Leaving the Carousel
So the problem with leaving the carousel had more to do with what was coming than with what I was leaving. I will admit being on the carousel had become comfortable. The up and down no longer bothered me and I had finally noticed the obvious, the scenery never changed. There was a great deal of motion but no real change and it was always predictable. But then, predictable can equal safe.
I remember when I noticed the carousel feeling in my church life and the same difficulty making the decision to get off the safety of the reoccurring routine. I had not yet recognized the word picture of Christ sitting on Ol’ Red or a white stallion calling me to go with Him on an adventure. But I had recognized I was living a life of annual routine, doing lots of things, but not really going anywhere with Christ. I remember waking up one day realizing much of the old excitement for living for Christ seem to have been swallowed up into boredom.
My family and I would go to church and come in saying all the right things. Perhaps you know what I am talking about. Someone asks you how you are doing and you say, “Oh, great, praise the Lord,” even though you actually feel quite differently. You can learn how to look and what to say to appear to others that you have it all together. I am not suggesting you leave your church. But is there a way to leave the redundant, year-after-year routine and step into a deeper life with Christ? Is there a way to step off the carousel into something appearing unknown yet safe because we walk with Christ? My wife and I found out there is a way to step into the unknown and yet into His safety.