Riding The Carousels of Life

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Riding the carousels of life can be a lot like riding the carousels in a park. You go round and round and up and down, but don’t seem to get anywhere.

As a child there were times I rode carousels and got so dizzy I could barely make my way off the ride to reach my parents. I tried to keep my eyes on my parents, but as the carousel made its round and I reached the other side, my parents were out of sight. That is until I made my way back to where they stood watching for my return.

As a parent if I wasn’t riding right alongside Pie, I watched from a close distance, kept my eyes on him, and was right there when he got off the ride. At times I saw him strain to look backwards to make sure I was still there. And I always was.

On our carousel rides of life we may get dizzy from the ups and downs of the whirl of activity going on around us. Our equilibrium may become off balanced by the things life throws at us. We may even turn our backs on God as we continue to go round and round and round.


When we finally come back to where God’s waiting for us, relief fills our hearts, we get off the merry-go-round, and gratefully stumble into our Father’s protective arms.

Although we may not be able to see God with our physical eyes while we’re riding the carousels of life, like we can those who stand on the sidelines and watch us go round and round on the merry-go-round, we are told to fix our eyes on what is unseen.

God doesn’t leave, you know. He’s not the one who moved. We are. He’s always standing right where he’s always stood. Keeping his eyes on us, waiting for the carousel to stop so he can guide us safely to his open arms, and hold us until our dizziness goes away.

Do you have any carousel stories you’d like to share?

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

I wish you well,


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