Catching a ride with God
If you ever rode the rails through Northern Montana, you've heard the conductor's cry,
"We've arrived in Havre and will be here for 15 minutes.
Smoke 'em if you've got 'em
Don't stray far. We leave people in Havre all the time.
It reminds me of Eugene Peterson's words about living in God's presence.
Peterson doesn't say "Smoke 'em if you've got 'em." He does, however, offer a picture of God like that conductor inviting us to come aboard and ride along.
Peterson points out that God's day starts in the evening.
"There was evening, then there was morning — the first day and everyday thereafter." (Genesis 1)
We tend to view our day as starting in the morning. We tend to end our day falling into bed late at night, start our day by dragging ourselves out in the morning, figure out how we will spend our day and then invite God to ride along. We would really appreciate it if God would lend a hand.
In God's time, our day begins in the evening when we lay down to rest. While we are resting, God is working. When we wake up in the morning, we figure out what God is doing and get on board.
We might say, "This world is God's train, and he invites us to ride along."
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
It is an interesting concept. I encourage you to give it some thought. Maybe even hop on and ride.
Dan Parks is the pastor at Prineville Christian Church. He can be reached at 541-447-7603.