As a general rule, I don’t stop my car at railroad tracks.
This time was different.
I was driving in an very rural area unfamiliar to me.
Realizing that there were no other cars near me, I began to photograph the track in both directions.
Laid parallel to the highway and running straight for an impressive distance, the metal rails and wooden ties separated the thick stands of trees creating a passageway far into the horizon.
If I were to ride on a train traveling those very tracks, where would I end up?
One connection would surely lead to another and countless hours would bring me to destinations unknown.
That’s not how it’s done, however.
Those boarding a train purchase tickets to be taken to specific locations.
Just anywhere isn’t good enough.
I think many, many people believe that God exists, yet they feel He is distant and they have no real relationship to Him.
If they could buy a train ticket that would take them to God, would they?
What if the destination was unclear, but it was guaranteed that He would be there?
In the book of 2 Chronicles in the Old Testament, a prophet speaks to King Asa and the people of Judah and Benjamin about finding God:
The Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”–2 Chronicles 15:1-7
We can’t buy a train ticket to find God.
It’s much easier than that.
We need not travel down a long track or a dusty road.
No busy highways, or mountainous terrain.
If we desire to know God, we may simply seek Him with our hearts and because God is God, He hears us, just as in the days of King Asa.
How would you describe your relationship to God?
Do you feel He is distant?
Call out to Him in prayer.
If you seek Him, you will find Him.