The Land of Oogie

Note To Readers: I am planning on using some form of the non-word oogie as many times as I want to in the following post.

One of our family fun goals this summer was to experience Busch Gardens. Last week, we headed up the road to this amusement park for the first time. My son was just a tad excited about the adventure. See…

I have never been a fan of rides that plummet me down at high speeds. It’s not the height we fall from which bothers me, it’s the oogie feeling permeating my innards when we plummet. If we could plummet or whip around abrupt corners or turn upside down minus the oogie feeling…then rollers coasters would rock!

I was reminded as we stood in line waiting for one ride, that there’s whole breed of people in the world who seek out ooginess. This goes completely against my nature. If you were to look up my name in the dictionary, o0gie-lover would not be anywhere near it.

We boarded the above ride and although I was nervous I was enjoying all the special effects as we traveled through the darkness. The fire, the heat and the collapsing Roman- looking columns were cool. But then, we approached this huge door. As the door slowly slid open, I could feel my ooginess elevating. While listening to the ominous music playing, it occurred to me the ride designers were not trying to make it any easier on riders who might be prone to ooginess. If I had designed the ride, I would have chosen lighthearted music to put my wimpy riders at ease. Perhaps a pleasant voice like Julie Andrews singing something like “Do Re Mi.”

Sure, all you riders are about to plummet over this cliff into a pool of water but aren’t we having FUN?? Do a deer, a female deer, Re a drop of golden… Ahhhhhh!

As we rode several more rides that day, I was reminded of the following life lessons.

  • The feeling of oogie often precedes the feeling of elation.
  • We often have to journey through the oogie feeling to get to the desired destination.
  • Oogie rarely happens when we remain in our comfort zones.
  • Growth and change don’t occur without first taking steps into the Land of Oogie.

What makes you feel oogie?
Is it time for you to face the oogie?

9 thoughts on “The Land of Oogie

  1. Jenifer

    Oogie….Love it! 🙂

    You are right, sometimes we have to face the "oogie" to get to the desired destination. I praise God for that feeling. I will rejoice in the trials and count it all joy! Great post Eileen!

  2. Beck Gambill

    You really had me chuckling! I'm not a fan of oogie either, hence my dislike of airplane riding. But you're right life does have it's own oogie moments, I'm not really a fan of those either!

  3. Lisa

    Eileen, your four bullet points at the end gave me chills. I want to face the oogie to get to all that God has in store for me. I want to get out of my comfort zone and get into God! LOVE THIS POST! 🙂

  4. Mandy

    Oh my goodness! I am having that oogie feeling constantly latley. Every time I'm told it's my turn to preach my oogie feeling comes back and I can barely think straight. It used to be fear, straight out fear now it's oogieness. My comfort zone has been interrupted by God and I'm holding on for the ride. Great post!!

  5. My daily walk in His grace!

    Hi Eileen – great post. I don't want to avoid the 'oogie' and therefore miss all God has in store for me, but I need to trust Him through it.
    Lovely analogy
    God bless

  6. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Eileen… Thank you SO MUCH for the giggles I got reading this. And you're right… Only by pushing into "Oogie Territory" and placing our trust in God to guide us through can we grow and transform ourselves.

    Wonderful post!!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. Eileen

    Okay, I think if we all work together, we could get the dictionary people to add the word oogie to the dictionary! 😉 I've got a few other words I would like them to add too.

  8. Kandi


    First of all thank you for the belly laughs tonight, your description of that oogie feeling totally made me laugh. I love this because those oogie feelings we feel, mean we are in way beyond ourselves, and the only One who can get us through is God.

    Blessings toy ou Eileen.


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