If you’re running out of steam, God may stop the train you’re on altogether. He’s not doing it to punish you or hold you back. He’s doing it to protect you. He knows derailment can happen if you push forward too fast or out of sheer exhaustion.
As the train stops and sits idle, you feel antsy as if you’re wasting precious time staring out the window until God asks you to get off the train. He reaches out His hand to you and whispers, “Come to me.”
You take His hand, step down, and take a deep breath. Perhaps God wants you to look around because you may never pass this way again, and you don’t want to miss what He has for you in this very moment.
Maybe these tracks are leading you to something new, a new adventure with God, and you’re about to go through some major changes in your life. Take a moment to relish the excitement, to hope.
Maybe it’s just been a long time since you’ve stepped away from the train to rest. Take some time to catch your breath. Breathe deeply.
Or perhaps the clinking of the wheels on the rails and the lonely echo of the whistle have been blocking out the still, small voice of God and He’s been trying to tell you something. Take a moment to still your thoughts and listen for His voice.
As you’re holding His hand, standing a few feet from the tracks with the train at your back, relax. The train is not going to leave without you. Focus on God. Feel His hand gently holding your own. Memorize the scent of autumn leaves mixing with the cold winter’s wind as it rushes to you from the horizon, the sunlight kissing your forehead.
Change is coming. A new season is approaching. Take it all in and cherish this time you have with God.
That’s why He stopped the train. Not to discourage you or stop your momentum. He simply wanted to take your hand and spend a little time with you. He misses you when you’re rushing full steam ahead.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NIV.)