I really like living, rather driving, in England. Yes, I know gasoline, petrol, is four times as expensive as the U.S., but the potential adventure! Driving on the opposite side of the road can be daunting, but all the more the challenge! Roads are smaller and full of twists, cars are in general more nimble, and cameras often replace patrol cars. Any one of these facts is immaterial in itself, however when combined provide the foundation for fun driving! Narrow roads, drenched in sunlight, lined with trees and tall hedges, give every driver the chance to enjoy the wind.
Adventure is always in the eye of the beholder. What for me is a fun outing is a long nightmare of terror for Cherry. For her the yield requirement at a “round-about” is a sign to stop. For me it is a chicane waiting to be challenged! For her the uncertainty of other drivers brings tension and gripped steering. I find a strange logic emerging from most drivers, excluding of course the Americans looking for a mistake to happen! Every errand is an adventure in living; each cruise a potential memory in the making.
It does help that I drive vehicles that are fun. The small car tracks like a go-kart, with a light steering and snappy 5-speed shifting. The classic has the brute strength of a gentleman sports car; quick to start with a rumble that lets you knows who is in charge.
Like all machines the cars have their ups and downs. The small car’s alarm goes off without notice or provocation. The classic is always asking me for a little more work, an improvement here, a touch there.
I really like living, walking and running, with Jesus. I know others think God is tough and full of requirements. I find God very different. I know that “if we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!” (Romans 8.17)
Life is a wild ride. God makes it worthwhile and a lot of fun!