Have you ever felt where a week could not possibly be only seven days? This week was definitely one of those weeks. Technically speaking, this week was only, what, 168 hours? But then there are other weeks where you’re just like, wow, that went by faster than a fat kid could eat a chocolate bar!
I live a block or two away from a set of train tracks and I hear the train go by at least once a day, if not several times a day. Not gunna lie, it’s actually pretty cool to cross and walk along the tracks on my way to college in the morning. The other day, the train was stopped in the middle of town; it had to be over a hundred cars long because I honestly could not see where it ended. But it made me think a lot about what had gone down this week. Every situation being like a car attached to the train, or, me. So it got me thinking even more – what cars were behind me? And were they worth pulling? But then God totally put Paul the apostle on my mind. What kinda train was he pulling? Pffffft one a lot longer, heavier and harsher than the one I’ve been pulling! Like actually. In 2 Corinthians, chapter 11, Paul tells people about everything that he had been going through. To put it simply, I’m quoting the message Bible here, Paul says, “I’ve worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death’s door time after time. I’ve been flogged five times with the Jews’ thirty-nine lashes, beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I’ve been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day. In hard traveling year in and year out, I’ve had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I’ve been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I’ve known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather…” Now, I’m not saying that I need to suck it up and just keep plugging along and pull the cars that are hooked behind me, but seriously, how can I “compete” with that???
I don’t know, the thing that gets me the most is that, even though Paul had gone through all this crazy stuff, he still chose to praise God and live his life for Him. Paul continued to share about the blessings in the middle of the hardships and continued sharing the gospel with everyone he came in contact with. Each and every one of us are a different train engine. God equipped Paul and made him strong enough to pull cars that were behind him until he could ditch them at the next station. Just like God has made me strong enough to pull the cars behind me and He’s made you strong enough to pull the cars behind you! But we have to realize that the cars we pull – God doesn’t want us to continue pulling. He wants to pull them for us. God took on Paul’s cars, He’s gunna take on my cars and He’s more than willing to take on your cars if and when we ditch them at the station. At the end of this week – that’s what gave me peace and allowed me to kick back and relax. Cause Imma free engine!
Guys, I seriously want to encourage you this week to take you’re cars to God and ditch them with Him. He even tells us in His Word all over the place that He is willing if we are!
1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your cares upon the Lord because He cares about you.”
Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.”
I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can continue walking on the train tracks to school. This life is not about us trying to make it on our own; it’s about God stepping in and helping us through life. I’ll have you know, that when the train finally passed through the city and the cars were gone, life continued on again. People were able to drive from one side of the city to the other again. I was able to walk across them and there wasn’t this big roadblock in our way! I don’t know how long your train is or what kind of cars you got goin behind you but I can guarantee you that God can pull them better than you can. The trick is, are you willing to humble yourself and actually ask God for help? Yeah… I just went there…….
– Stay Satisfied