Oct. 28, 2012
What’s the first thing you see as you approach an amusement park? Often, it’s the tallest rides. Even from a distance, it is easy to spot the towering thrill machines that race, whirl and soar above the treetops.
One of the earliest rides to rise to dizzying heights was the Ferris wheel. This classic attraction was named for its inventor, George Ferris. It’s said that, as a child, Ferris was fascinated by the paddle wheels that ran steamboats. He wondered what it would be like to ride a giant wheel around and around. When Ferris grew up, he went to engineering school and learned how to build bridges and tunnels.
Then the World’s Fair came to Chicago in 1893. Ferris wanted to create something big and exciting. He hoped to outdo even the Eiffel Tower, which had been built for the previous World’s Fair a few years before in Paris. The answer was the Ferris wheel, a giant ride that would carry hundreds of people at a time. It would stand 264 feet tall.
People laughed at Ferris for his idea. They said building such a ride would be impossible. But they were wrong. The Ferris wheel was the highlight of the World’s Fair. More than a million people paid 50 cents each for a turn on the new ride.
Ferris wheels are still enjoyed at amusement parks, fairs and carnivals around the world. The tallest Ferris wheels today are in Singapore, China and England. All three of these giants stand more than 400 feet tall.
The largest Ferris wheel in the United States is the 212-foot Texas Star. This popular ride makes an appearance every year at the Texas State Fair. From the top of the Ferris wheel, riders can see Fort Worth, a city 40 miles away.
Peering down from the tip-top of a huge Ferris wheel, you might imagine how God is able to see everything in the universe. The Bible says God’s ways are much higher than our ways.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8,9, NIV).
God is much bigger and stronger than the people He created. He is also bigger and stronger than our problems and fears. It’s good to know we can trust Him with every part of our lives.
— By Christina Quick
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