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Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

I WAS EXPECTING A SMOOTHER RIDE

“Life is one bumpy road, full of potholes and sharp curves and more than a few dead ends.  Having faith doesn’t mean the road miraculously changes into a smooth one.  And faith isn’t like some road crew that comes along and fills in all the potholes or eases the curves or puts up barricades to keep you out of the dead ends.  Faith just means you bump along, get stuck in a pothole once in a while, take a curve too fast, or find yourself backing up after reaching a dead end.  With faith, you just know, deep in your heart and soul, that faith will get you to the end of the bumpy road and lead you safely back Home.” Delia Parr, Day by Day.

At one time, the sound barrier seemed like an unreachable goal. When a pilot came close to the speed of sound, the airplane began to shake so violently that it was feared it would disintegrate. Then, on October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager stepped into an X-1 and made history.  Although it was a rough ride up to the sound barrier, after it was broken he found a smooth and quiet ride on the other side. As Christians, we are looking for a smooth and quiet ride but rarely find it.

Jesus says, “Follow me.” It sounds pretty simple. We can do that. But then we find it is a bumpy ride. Peter is an example of that. Jesus told Peter that he was the rock upon which the church would be built. But he denied he knew Jesus three times. Peter, like the rest of us, was probably not prepared for the bumps and curves and the speed of following Jesus. Jesus made it clear. Following Him will take the disciples places they never would have gone on their own. Following Jesus is going to be a wild and scary ride at times. Following Jesus is going to mean they have to give up the things they want and do the hard things that scare them or hurt them or just plain make them uncomfortable. Following Jesus can be anything but a smooth ride.

To follow Jesus, we have to leave our comfort zone. Jesus will take us out to find sick people who need someone to visit and care for them. Jesus is going to bring us to the place where children are neglected, abused, ignored, or not given a chance to grow up to be the people God wants them to be. Jesus is going to take us to places where people are adamant that they don’t need Jesus or annoying church people. We are going to meet people who are not grateful. We will meet people who mock us and yell at us or dismiss us as do-gooders. We are going to fail sometimes and be told to try again.

He will take you to uncomfortable, bumpy places if we are willing to follow. It is not smooth. It is not going to be fun all the time. Indeed, sometimes keeping up with Jesus will scare us and make us do things we would never do if it were up to us.

Andy Stanley said,” Following Jesus will make your life better and will make you better at life.” We believe following Jesus is the best life possible. He forgives our past, brings us joy, and becomes our hope for the future even with some bumps in the road.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is your Christian journey bumpier than you thought it would be? Why?
  2. What can you do to enjoy the ride better?

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