Last week, my train hit a 14 year old girl who was playing on the train tracks with her family. Thankfully, she suffered only minor damage. Her family ended up jumping into Puget Sound to avoid the train.
The wierd thing about the accident was that it was on the straightest part of our trip. You can see the train coming for a long way. The train was able to see her, and blew it’s horn for at least 20+ seconds. Yet, she couldn’t get out of the way in time.
I wonder just how many of us have things in our life that we are sure we will be able to ‘jump to safety’ at just the right time? I can think of three types of flirting with danger:
1. Engaging in sin, believing you can manage your relationships with God, family, friends.
2. Walking as close to the line as possible, because of course, we live in freedom.
3. Having a hard heart – it doesn’t matter how right you are, if you don’t love people and love God, you are missing the point.
We need to focus on our Creator. He loves us so much that He longs to talk with us, be a friend to us. Where is your focus? Is it on managing the balance? Is it on the ‘line’? Is it on your own view of the world? With the Holy Spirit to teach, guide and direct us, we have every opportunity to enjoy the ‘play’ spaces of life without getting trapped on the train tracks.
Here is my challenge to you – take time to ask God to reveal your heart to you. Then ask Him to refocus your thoughts and energy on loving Him and loving others. You will be amazed.