I used to like roller coasters, but last summer, I got off of a roller coaster and didn’t care if I ever rode one again or not. Up. Down. Up. Down. Round and round. Then we exited right where we got on. It’s too much like life. Life is full of ups and downs, yet most of the action is an illusion and we end very close to where we began.
In Exodus 15, we catch up with the people of Israel on the proverbial 'mountain-top.' They had just witnessed the greatest victory in the history of their nation. They were up, way up. Yet if you read through to the end of the chapter, they have traveled three days without water in a parched desert and they are thirsty. Excitement spread as they saw water in the distance. Is it a mirage? No - it's the real thing! They ran to drink. Oh no, it's stagnate. It's bitter, not to mention dangerous. Just three days after their emotional high, they find themselves tired and thirsty, in the lowest of emotional valleys.