More Than You Can Now Bear.

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. John 16:12 (NIV)

Life is like an indoor roller coaster ride. In the dark with limited visibility, I can’t see the nature of the track and know little about the speed, the depth of plunges or angle of twists until I’m strapped in. And when the buckle clicks snug across my lap and the security bar is drawn down over my head, there’s no turning back.

There are characteristics to life’s indoor roller coaster ride I hadn’t counted on and, frankly, don’t like. Some I despise — until God adjusts my attitude (again) and reminds me of His goodness in it. Because in the space of time between every individual ride, I’ve realized how detrimental it would have been had I known things prior to “climbing aboard.”

God knows my fear would have me refuse to do something that I’d deemed too scary but was a necessary part of my spiritual growth. 

Difficult times and places are our schools of faith and character.

(Streams in the Desert devo)

“You’ll hear an ominous click click click as you climb upward to a height of over 30 feet, then just past the crest you’ll plunge straight down at 3 Gs…feel your stomach shove up inside your throat before the track takes you around a sharp turn to the right and then…

Uh uh. No way. Forget it.

On the other hand, based on someone’s description of a particular coaster, I might beg to ride. To which God may say,

I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. John 6:12 (The Message)

Addressing His disciples, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit Who would come in His place after He went away (John 16:7). The concept of Jesus leaving them, sending a mysterious counselor in His absence, had to be puzzling to these guys. Even troubling.

It would have been unwise and unloving – and contrary to God’s character – to share more.

So He didn’t.

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. John 16:12 (NIV)

I dare say, if Jesus tells me I can’t handle something just yet, it’s foolish to demand otherwise. Plus, it wouldn’t make a difference. He can’t be manipulated by my petulant demands.

This is good news. Very.

While strapped into this indoor roller coaster ride of life, I’ve chosen to hang on tight and trust.

Trust in Him at all times. Psalm 62:8a

Consider a time when you wanted answers of God, begging to know the nature of the “indoor roller coaster” ride He has you on (speed, twists, upside downs, plunges, length of time), but they didn’t come.

When and if they did come, could you see the benefits of the ‘not-knowing’ until the proper time?



  1. Bill Albers says:

    A beautiful analogy of life as observed by a 91 year old man

  2. Margaret says:

    I was terrified as a child to ride on a roller coaster — until the day I rode with my father. What a different experience! With my hand held tightly in his, and my trust in his loving care for me, I could close my eyes and not worry about the sharp turn ahead, or the plunging drop to follow. I felt perfectly safe. I’ll have to keep that image in mind as I ride the roller coaster God has me on now, remembering that He knows what’s up ahead, and I can rest without fear, with my hand held in His.
    Thanks for the analogy.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Sweet story. And…the picture of me with the kids in front of Space Mountain would not have happened if I hadn’t encouraged the older of the two that the ride would be okay, not as scary as he thought it might be. 🙂 I love that you felt perfectly safe knowing you could trust your father.

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