If you stand on a platform and feel the rush of wind as an express train passes through the station, you will feel the turbulence of the displaced air creating vortices that lift the dust and dirt into the air, scouring your skin and getting into your eyes. It is then you realise just how much dirt can accumulate on even the cleanest of platforms. Then, almost as quickly as it began, the wind subsides and calm returns.
For many of us, this can be like the pattern of life, there are periods of quiet stillness punctuated by the turbulence and disorder of life, where the mess and dirt that has accumulated in the cracks, fissures and hidden corners of life is whipped up by the wind. No matter how clean the ‘platform of our lives’ is, there are always those secret places that gather the dust and dirt of life.
In your life right now, you might be experiencing a period of turmoil and uncertainty, as the wind of change and chaos blows through your life. If this is the case, then I want to encourage you to turn your back to the wind and look for the coming calm. Life can be full of problems and disappointments, some are caused by other people, some by our own foolish choices. That’s why Railway Mission uses the strapline ‘Support on Life’s Journey’ because on life’s journey we can all experience the wind that whips up the grime of life that stings our skin.
If you are finding life difficult and the wind is blowing and stirring up the dirt of your past decisions, there is hope. We were never promised a life without problems, but through Jesus, we’ve been promised that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1.
To find out more about the promises of God, then write to me, and I would be happy to send you free of Charge a New Testament and Psalms. We will not keep or pass on your details:
Liam Johnston, Railway Mission, Rugby Railway Station, Warwickshire, CV21 3LA or email firstname.lastname@example.org