“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Have you ever found yourself on the wrong train? For some people when this happens they experience an overwhelming sense of powerlessness; panic fills their mind, their stomachs churn and rational though escapes them.
Last year a woman on a train I was on had this exact experience. Finding the door locked and the train beginning to pull out of the station she began to run down the corridor in a vain attempted to stay in the station. Of course ultimately her endeavour was pointless, the train would not stop and there was no way back to the platform. The only solution was to stop at the next station and board the next train in the correct direction.
In life many of us find that on the ‘train of life’ we are heading in the wrong direction. We think and do things that propel our lives down the wrong track, making choices that fail to set things right, even when that was the intention.
Some know their direction of travel is wrong, but that is the track they have chosen and they will stay on to the bitter end. But then most just fail to realise that their lives are heading the wrong way, not realising the destination is not what they expect or hope for.
Then there are those who recognise they are on the wrong track. They may panic and try to change direction by doing things that they think will help; like the woman running down the corridor of the train in a futile attempt to remain in the station; but the truth is, unless we get off and change direction our track will stay the wrong one.
Today is an opportunity:
Today is an opportunity for you to stop and change direction, boarding another train that will lead to a better destination. Whatever track you are on today, no matter how much you have tried in the past to change, to day you can. All you need to do is to ask and put your trust in the Lord. Simply ask him and say in your heart these words… ‘Lord God, I know my life has been on the wrong track, please forgive me for all the thoughts, words and things I have done wrong. Help me to live a life that follows the right direction and please guide me today and always in your truth.’
If you said these words, or would like to know more, we would love to send you a booklet ‘Journey into Life’ we will not keep, or pass on your details and will not contact you again unless you ask us to. Rev. Liam Johnston, Railway Mission, Rugby Railway Station, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3LA