” Trust in the Lord with all your heart…He will make your paths straight“ [Proverbs 3:5-6]
I remember the first time I stood and watched as the great metal tracks of the railroad began to “switch.” There was no one in sight, yet as I stood there, tons of metal with no apparent help shifted to realign themselves. As a child, I thought I’d witnessed magic. Then I learned there was an engineer somewhere down the track with his hand on the lever—he knew when and where the trains would arrive at the curve or crossroad and would need an adjustment in the direction they were going. By the time the train arrived at that particular junction, the track was already in place and the redirection became a smooth and excellent movement.
It reminds me of the curves and crossroads of life and how, when we trust that somewhere down the track the engineer has His hand on the lever, we can move forward without fear. It may not be, and hardly ever is, an excellent movement—the trains swayed and shuddered as they made the curve or crossing, but underneath the track held firm. Placed and positioned by the knowledge of the engineer, the track is sound and solid.
“Beware of the thing that makes you go down before God and sway from side to side spiritually—‘I don’t know what to do’, then don’t do anything. ‘I don’t see anything’, well, don’t look for anything. ‘I thought by this time I should see something’, if you don’t, be foolish enough to trust in God.” [Oswald Chambers]
If life seems full of curves and crossings, stay steady and trust the track–and the Engineer who is in control.
Further Reading: Psalm 1, Revelation 4
Diane Hale, Guest
For the past 30 years, Diane has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations.