The higher we climbed the more nervous we felt. It didn't help that occasionally we would hear the fearful screams of those who had gone before us. I tried not to look down for too long. I didn't want to chicken out after all! Finally we made it to the top and peered inside the black tunnel which we were about to enter. The water slide was called "The Purple Haze", and others told us that it was the best water slide at the park. I originally had no intention of even trying to go on this slide. A few things made it very intimidating to me: #1: It was entirely enclosed in a dark tunnel. #2: It was the steepest slide at the park. #3: It was a TIGHT tunnel. But somehow my stubbornness egged me on - and I followed my husband (who was challenging me to join him in conquering this slide) up the steep hike to the top of the tunnel. As we stood for what seemed like way too long to have the option of giving up, our friend told us that the ride takes exactly 23 seconds. That felt like a huge relief. I could hold my breath that long. Somehow knowing it wasn't going to last very long made the fear facable. Almost anything is bearable if it doesn't last long.
As we came home my Farmer Boy and I were talking about our life. In so many ways we are in a tight spot that sometimes feels like a claustrophobic tunnel filled with water. He is so busy with classes and working every chance he can get, and I am busy with my work and home responsibilities - we feel like we are two ships passing in the night. This is not the "newlywed" experience we would have chosen (not that it isn't filled with all kinds of blessings!) BUT, we know this season in our lives is only for a time. It's not forever. Joshua will be done with school next year at this time. Lord willing we will be able to begin the adoption process as soon as he gets a teaching job. Things won't always be the same as they are now (not that we expect them to be easy - that's really not what this life on earth is about!). Someday we will be able to sit and eat dinner together, go to bed at the same time ... and having something exciting to look forward to helps us get through this water slide experience.
Another thing I learned through the water slide adventure we went on was that if you fight the slide you get hurt! I hit my head a few times because I was afraid of the slide and didn't want to get water in my face - but if I would have relaxed it would have been less dangerous! It's the same with going through trying times in life - if we fight what God is letting us go through we will likely get hurt. It is much less painful if we can relax and go for the ride of our lives.
What is your purple haze experience?