The good times will come and the good times will go. The bad times will come and the bad times will go. Our job is not to cling to one or fight the other but to allow them both to teach us and polish us. The secret is to ride life like a raft in a river and let it carry you through the rough water and the calm water and beyond. Just trust the flow of the river.
There was an interview with Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, and what he said reminds of a river:
“Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you are getting ready to go into another one. The reason for that is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.” He talked about the lesson he learned in the greatest and toughest year of his life. That year he made millions on his book but his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
Life is really more like two rails on a railroad track, rather than being made up of hills and valleys. At all times, you have something good and something bad in your life. No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad, or not great, that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things may seem, there is always something good you can thank God for.
Life is a wild and wonderful journey. Chaos will come and calm will follow, and then it will do the whole thing all over again. The secret is to enjoy the journey, savor the ride...ALL OF IT!!