Chances are, you are going to go somewhere this week. Maybe you'll walk, ride a bike, or drive a car to your destination. I have a Honda Accord that I am pretty much in a committed relationship with -- it's dependable and looks good. But if someone drove up in a cool convertible or a big motorcycle, I would pass up the Honda. Not that I don't love my little car, but how fun to feel the wind in your hair and feel like you are in a commercial for "cool."
Riding on a motorcycle or in a convertible would make the ride more fun and adventurous, kind of like you are in a action flick. You'd still get to the same destination eventually, but the way you get there would be much more enjoyable.
In the same way, raising children, helping out with elderly parents, having a financial difficulty, waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right, working for that next big promotion -- you could discount each of those experiences for how difficult it is, what the disadvantages are, how you are inconvenienced by it, and you could also let it change your view of who God is and what His character is like.
God's character is true, holy, outstanding, all-knowing, healing, loving, and good. He watches out for us in such a whole and complete way that we need never worry about how events and people are going to work out for His good. Of course, with our finite minds and selfish hearts, it may take some due diligence in prayer and reading the Bible to become content with what is taking precedence in our lives.
But what kind of "ride" are you going to take? Some choose to drive a '89 Corolla with carburetor problems and sketchy brakes, taking back roads and not stopping along the way because it will stall out at each stop light. These are the people that complain, whine, and doubt the character of God. Not a fun ride.
I'd like to think that I choose to take the super-charged Audi convertible with buttery leather seats and a sound system that is unmatched in ALL of vehicle history. But then that means that I would have to trust God completely and take such joy in the way my life is unfolding that I constantly have an amazing attitude, fueled by my prayer life and my meditating and reading God's Word.
What ride will you take today?