You Gotta Ride This Ride

The past few days have felt different…

May 31I can say this about the past 10 days. It has been a busy time of thinking about death, surgeries, hospital, recoveries, good news, bad news… Downtime and busy. Feeling good. Feeling bad. Happy. Sad. Several 4am mornings. Too many late nights.

There has not been a normal day during these past 10 days.

Mostly, it’s about other people. Needs. Wants. Worries. Some worried about why something happened, more than what happened, yet at the same time experiencing the good feelings of a life well lived!

Calvin and Hobbes - I am significantOften we get all wrapped up in our own little world. It is difficult to comprehend that we are but a small grain of sand in a bigger life that surrounds us.

Yes! There are others with different needs and concepts of issues!

Life. We seldom see life like a pond with a single ripple dashing toward the shore line representing our moment. Life is a huge pond, both is size, as well as in time, and my little ripple of experience seldom impacts those on far off shores.

Knowing there is something more to life than living in the here and now is what I’m thinking about this morning.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”  (James 4:13-15 ESV)

Life is a vapor, a mist that rises as the morning dew blankets the grass, and then as soon as the sun begins it’s job of warming the planet, the mist vanishes and the dew dries.

The little town I live in is called Yelm, meaning, “The Mist that rises from the prairie.” Guess I have some thoughts about this because we experience this morning mist many, many days.

But life must be lived. Death will be experienced. Sadness might often prevail. But after each night there is a joyous morning.

… Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalms 30:5 ESV)

Finally, one morning you will weep your last tear. Joy will replace mourning. The day will take on a new flavor and you will move to the next phase of life.

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.  (Isaiah 61:1-3 ESV)

This song has been pounding in my head this morning. I remember it, but did not know it. It’s ranked number 24 in Rolling Stones Top 500 Songs of All Times.

Hope you read and get something from it.

People Get Ready…

…there’s a train comin’ Train Station 001
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’

People get ready, there’s a train comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
You don’t need no ticket you just thank the lord

People get ready, there’s a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board them
There’s hope for all among those loved the most
There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner whom would hurt all mankind
Just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there is no hiding place against the kingdoms throne

People get ready there’s a train comin’
You don’t need no baggage, just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
You don’t need no ticket, just thank the lord
Songwriters: MAYFIELD, CURTIS
Publisher: Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, EMI Music Publishing
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