Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Time Run Like A Freight Train

Time run like a freight train
Won’t you take me down the line
There’s so much I can never say
Of the life I’ve left behind.

These are the words to a beautiful old folk song, and they seem to be going around in my head a lot lately. I bet a lot of you can relate to these words. There is so much of the life behind us that we wish we’d done differently. And the older I get, the faster and faster that train runs, so that more and more is behind instead of in front of me. Time is such a precious gift, and we have so little of it. And we are never sure what will happen from one minute to the next. So the more miles that get behind me, the more I need to hurry and get everything done that I want. The clock is ticking…. But wait a minute; there’s a key word here. And that word is “I”. Everything I want done. But is that the same as everything God wants me to do? Maybe not. The more I rush here and there trying to do everything, the more I get caught up in only what seems important to me alone. How do we know what God wants us to be doing versus what we want to do? Maybe what seems very important to us is not at the top of His list. The answer is Stillness. “Be still and know that I am God”. God does not want us rushing about willy nilly. Even Jesus left people who were clamoring for him, and went away to be alone, be still, and pray. It is more important to alone with God than anyone else. And while you’re doing that, ask Him what’s important. Tear up your carefully written schedule and ask Him to write a new one for you. Our time is running like a freight train. One that goes faster every day. But I am not qualified to be a train conductor. Nor do I want to be. If I let God do the driving, I know that my time will be blessed, and people will be able to say about me “Well done good and faithful servant.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i love this. i can be easily described as the slowest person in the family, and yet i feel rushed. "be still and know that i am god" makes my brain not hurt and my heart smile every time. :)