Oct. 28, 2012
After a long wait, your turn finally arrives. Are you tall enough to ride? The attendant checks your height and nods. Smiling, you take your seat on the roller coaster. Everyone is buckled in safely, and the ride begins.
At first, the cars move slowly as they are pulled up a tall hill with a noisy rattle. At the top, you can see the whole park and the surrounding countryside. Whoosh! The roller coaster picks up speed quickly as it moves down the incline. Some people scream. Others laugh. Still others close their eyes and grip the handlebars. The ride will be over in just a couple of minutes. But the memories may last a lifetime.
What makes roller coasters so exciting? Maybe it’s the twists, turns, surprises and speed that keep people coming back for more.
Many years ago, roller coasters were much slower and tamer. The first roller coaster was built at New York’s City’s Coney Island in the 1800s. It was called the Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway. This roller coaster crept along at just 6 miles per hour. In spite of its snail’s pace, visitors loved it. At a nickel per ride, the roller coaster brought in $600 a day.
Today, roller coaster designers compete to see who can come up with the biggest, wildest and fastest rides. The world’s fastest roller coaster is at Ferrari World, a theme park in the United Arab Emirates. This thrill ride reaches speeds of almost 150 miles per hour.
The United States is home to the second- and third-fastest coasters. Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey zips along at 128 miles per hour. Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Ohio goes from 0 to 120 miles per hour in just 4 seconds. This roller coaster shoots up a 420-foot-tall tower and zooms down the other side. The ride moves so quickly it’s over in less than 30 seconds.
These roller coasters are big and fast. But God is much bigger and faster. One day Jesus will return for those who love and obey Him. Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Those who are still alive on Earth will go up to meet Jesus in the sky. The Bible says we will be changed so we can live forever with Jesus. We call this the Rapture. How quickly will the Rapture happen?
“We will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51,52, NIV).
Jesus will come in a flash to take His followers to heaven. As you live for God, you can look forward to this great event. Jesus’ return will be much more exciting than a day at the amusement park!
— By Christina Quick
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