I love driving around Colorado Springs. The slightest change in elevation or angle provides a whole new perspective on the mountains. For example, driving up and down Woodmen Rd will give a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak at one moment, only to then be dwarfed by the foothills in front of it the next. Head over to Woodland Park, and you’ll see Pikes Peak at angles you’ve never seen before.
Our relationship with God offers a similar experience. Moments of joy, pain, and relative smooth riding all allow us to relate to and see God with a whole new perspective. In pain, He is our loving father, collecting our tears as they flow, putting them in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). He delights in our prayer when we are beyond empty. He takes pleasure in providing manna in our time of need. In times of joy, He breaks out the most expensive wine and celebrates with us, collecting those same tears and putting them in a bottle. During moments of relative smooth riding, He provides that reminder that He is our rest and has never relinquished His sovereignty.
We do serve a God who is Good all the time. That Goodness just looks a little different from where you are standing at that particular moment.