Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Up around the bend

Do you ever wonder what is up around the bend? Do you ever sit and ponder what lies ahead in your life? I do. Sometimes I wish I knew what tomorrow will bring but then after I give it some thought I realize that it is best not to know. I mean it could be something bad and I would hate to waste today thinking about something bad that was going to happen tomorrow. I think most people would agree. This is especially true since it is such a nice day today. Instead we live our lives for today and wait for that “tomorrow train” to arrive. But like any train ride, we have to be ready for it. Tomorrow will be here soon enough and if we are not ready then it might just pass us by. Also we want to make sure the train we are waiting for is the right one.

“Wrong station”
The other day, I was driving home after a day’s work, taking an alternate route through a bad part of town and I stopped at a stoplight. Ahead I saw a young woman walking my way. She was smiling and waving at all the cars passing by. She was dressed in a pink skin tight body suit with high heels and a fur coat. I hate to judge people by the way they are dressed or act but I could tell that this girl had a very old profession and was busy working. A police car with its blue lights on slipped up behind her and honked the horn. The girl spun around with a big smile on her face and her hand waiving until she noticed who it was. I could see the expression on her face change and she started for a second to turn and run. I felt sorry for her and her lifestyle and wondered how she got in her present situation. She looked to be only in her teens or possibly low twenties. The nice police officer took her to the station but I bet it wasn’t the train station.
“Wrong direction”
An old co-worker of mine was telling about his heart attack one day. He tends to be a smart (you know what) and is always running his mouth in a crude manner. After having a heart attack, he was taken to a hospital where they immediately began open heart surgery. While he was on the operating table, he was technically pronounced dead twice. By this, I mean his heart stopped and they had to shock him to start it again. When he was telling the story, he said: “you know that stuff about seeing a bright light is a bunch of garbage. I died twice and didn’t see any light” I quickly replied: “maybe the light was behind you and you were heading the wrong way” There is an old proverb that says “Many a truth is said in jest”
"Right train"

So are you getting on the right train? They all leave from the same station but some are heading north while others are heading south. There is nothing worse than hearing “Next stop Chicago” when we thought we were heading for Orlando Florida. If we get on the wrong one, we might find ourselves saying: “We should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque”. Personally, I am waiting on the Glory Train and letting that long black train pass me by. So what train are you waiting on? Are you ready or are you still waiting to buy that ticket? Don’t be left out in the cold. It’s just around the bend.

Have a great day,


Annie said...

Hi Greg, if you get on a train that takes you to Hot Springs, Arkansas or to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, be sure to get off, praise the Lord and soak in the hot waters. Hallelujuh!

Angie said...

The Glory Train! Love it! I'm ridin' with you on the Glory Train! All aboard!

I love your posts.

Lori said...

This is a great post Greg. I like the picture you took to go with it. Hopefully we are all waiting for the right train. Thanks for reminding us to live in the moment too!

Kim S in SC said...

Great story! Great lesson! Great Glory!

Wanda said...

Great Train stories. Life is all around us isn't it. We can never run out of things to write about if we step out of our house each day and observe what is around us.

Sad for the girl in Pink, how I hope she finds the right train.

I'm glad we can't see the future too. I had many bad things happen, and it better to face them head on, that to always be in a state of axiety about the future if we knew what was coming.

We sing a song at church..Several of the lines go like this:

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow still a Mystery, today is the Present, a gift God gave to us."

Linda said...

What a wonderful message you have here. It's so easy to change tracks when we find ourselves on the wrong route.

Queenie said...

I always say I'll be at the airport when my ship comes in, lets hope I'm at the railway station and not the bus station when that train pulls in!

Patty said...

Great post, enjoyed it very much.

Sian said...

Hey Greg! Long time no see :) I have sent you an e mail regarding your trip. It is quite long, sorry, but once I start on one of my favourite topics it is hard to stop...


Celticspirit said...

Greg, I tried to send you an email but it would not let me send it. I'm on my daughter's computer so had to go on thru aol.com. When I get my computer set up (hopefully tomorrow or the next day) I'll send you an update. Thanks for being here. Barb

Susan Kelly Skitt said...


I made up a little train song for my youngest when he was a baby. He LOVED trains back then. (He's a big boy now, six, and has outgrown my little bedtime song, but I still sing it from time to time!)

But anyhow, I thought I'd put my two cents in and say, "I have a one way ticket to Heaven, bought and paid for by the precious shed blood of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!"

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