Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Roller~Coaster Ride

Little Hawkeye Treasure

While we are all trying to figure out what life is all about; I like Fannie Flagg’s explanation in the book I’m reading; "Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven".  Here's a little excerpt from the book where Elner Shimfissle asks God the ultimate question about life:  
"What is life all about?"   "It’s a gift!"   He tells her…plain and simply.
We should all consider this answer and view life as the gift in which it was intended…something given in love and it is up to us to take it, cherish it, live it, and make it the best ever.  God goes on further to explain to Elner that life is not nearly as complicated as people think… "Life is like one big roller-coaster ride, with all kinds of bumps and twists and turns, and ups and downs along the way."  We just need to sit back and enjoy the ride. "The problem is most people think they are steering and get so busy trying to control it that they miss all the fun parts."  We should not be the ones in control…I know that is hard for some to grasp, but it is true. We have the free will to make our own choices but we need to let God be in control of them.
Sooooo… I’m going to enjoy the ride with God as my pilot and let Him steer. That way I get to take in all the scenery, the fun, the excitement, and not miss a thing. I also get to take lots of photos because my hands are free of the steering wheel ~sweet love! 
*the song "Jesus Take the Wheel" comes to mind here…smiling*

Thanks Fannie for this perspective on life, I think it is one I can live with.


I Hope you enjoy the ride. Eat some oatmeal along the way…



 
Excerpts from the book, "Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven" by Fannie Flagg.

14 comments:

Stella said...

It's taken me almost 70 years to figure this out. But thanks for the reminder I often forget as I go through my day.

Char said...

i am definitely guilty of trying to control what is not mine to control. i've figured out the letting go part...most of the time but still have relapses from time to time.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I love this...we had an elder tell us one day, set down and enjoy the ride!! I have a son who is looking for a wife and I tell him all the time she will need to be able to ride a roller coaster because his life is going to have such twist and turns...I need to remind him that we all do and we all need to leave the driving to the one who made us and knows our paths.
Thanks...so enjoyed

Julie Harward said...

I am so willing to leave it in His hands...he know the way much better than I do thats for sure! :D

Nancy said...

Cora this is wonderful...Just what I needed to hear today......It's so true if we will just relax and let Him steer and we are free to enjoy the ride.....

Hugs and blessings

Yolanda said...

I so agree with this post. I think Fannie Flagg and you are wise women. Did you get a lot of snow?

Julze said...

I'm trying to enjoy the "ride" ...thanks for the reminder!

Kamana said...

i try very hard to make the best of my life, to live it to the fullest... thak you for this reminder

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

thanks for giving us pause to think.
Fannie Flagg told me once... "lifes a real long time honey, people need to remember that"
We all need to hold onto that roller coaster!

Leann said...

I love it - let go and let GOD!

I also love oatmeal:)

Leannn

Angie Berry said...

So very true! Sometimes we are so busy trying to steer, we miss the fun parts... I never thought of this before but it is right on, isn't it? I'm with you, I want to sit back and let God guide me while I enjoy the ride! Thanks for sharing these inspiring words from the book you are reading.

jackie said...

such a wonderful reminder...we truly need to let go of the need for "control". thank you. have a great weekend.

Karen said...

Cora , love the new header..
love the post.. oh at this age,, i really want to enjoy the journey.. i want to do so much more in life and spread joys love every chance i can..
thanks for the post.. love it..

Christina said...

this is love.

xo