One of my favorite spiritual exercises in letting go is riding roller coasters. There is no better feeling that being taken for a ride by a machine that was creative for this purpose. Roller coaster give a sense of excitement or thrill that one can only enjoy if one actually lets go of all types of control and just let’s the roller coaster what it best does – take you for a crazy ride with the promise that you will be all right in the end.

Isn’t riding roller coasters so much a lot like living one’s life in full gear? Many things about life can be more enjoyable when we stop trying to control it or manipulate it. When we let go, we experience the true freedom of a child of God, which is what He as our Creator truly and actually intended.

I had the chance to ride this amazingly smooth roller coaster at Six Flags Great America recently, with some 8th graders in our parish school. This is called the X-Flight, and I really love it because it offers the most corkscrews (or twists), and the highlight being the one in this picture… going through a vertical as the ride twists through a vertical opening on the control tower.

This is my entry to Daily Post Photo Challenge: Twist.



  1. Interesting idea about control and roller coasters. Not my take on it at all, but I’m think there is another thought. Raging terror. I cannot think of anything more scary that a roller coaster. Probably because my baby sitter when I was about 6 or 8, put me on a wooden, rickety roller coaster by myself and had to ride for hours by myself.

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