These lines written by Corrie Ten Boom made me stop and think.
I suppose there’s a few different ways that you could read it and topics that it could touch upon.
One thing that it made me think about is TRUST. I’ve been thinking recently that that is all that God asks us to do - trust... We’re not driving the train. We haven’t planned the exact route or all the stations it will stop at. And we’re not the engineer - we don’t understand all the complex workings of a train or, for example, how many parts went into making it. We’ve just made the decision to get on board, because wherever this train is taking us - even if it passes through some dodgy neighbourhoods, or has to stop at a station for longer than we’d like, to add on a few extra carriages or for some repairs - that’s where we want to go. Once we’ve made the decision to get on that train, we’re not getting off again until we reach our destination.
God asks us to trust our lives and our decisions to him. We don’t need to work everything out ourselves. Corrie Ten Boom also said ‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God’, which reminds us that our God, who is close and knows and loves us, is in control.
When life brings trouble and we find it hard to know which way to go or to see the light, we shouldn’t loose hope, we should talk to God and trust in him and know that ‘through all things God works for the good for those who love him’ and that he won’t give us more than we can handle. As long as you’re in the centre of God’s will, that is the safest, best and most fulfilling place you could possibly be. However, the centre of God’s will might not look like these things by the world’s standards.
If I had the ‘steering wheel’ of my life, I think I’d have driven down so many wrong paths, thinking that they were the right ones, or the ones that would make me most happy of drive me towards success. Sometimes I think, ‘God where are you in this situation?’ or ‘I don’t want to go there’, but when I look back over my life I can see how amazing God is and how much he knows me and wants good for me. Sometimes I think I’m a bit back seat driver, and tell God what to do, or sometimes I might even kick him out of the driving seat completely, but by God’s grace, when I come to him and see that I’ve gone a bit wrong, he’ll happily get me back on track.
Corrie Ten Boom’s lines about a train going into a tunnel also make me think about light and darkness, which are themes that Jesus spoke about often. Much as it may seem nice and comfortable for us to live happy little lives where everything is nice, and everyone thinks the same as us, and we don’t offend anyone, and we never get sad or hurt, and there’s certainly no spiritual warfare going on(!)... that isn’t what God gave us life for. In the Bible, in Matthew 10v16 it says, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.’ And Matthew 5 says: ‘Once we were full of darkness, but now we have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.’ With him living inside of us, I think that God’s light will shine brightest in the dark. So let’s take Jesus’s love to the hurting and the broken and the angry and the people who don’t know him.
Trust in Jesus and put your hope in him.