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“A Train is Coming”
Once upon a time or so the story goes, a young man had a desire to see the world of the Big City. He had heard all that it had it store for him and he was intrigued. Therefore, he saved up all his money, gathered up his belonging and found his way to the train station.
“Where to son?” The ticket agent said. “The Big City,” came the reply with all his money spread out on the counter.
“Sorry, but that will take you half way – round trip or one way to the Big City.”
“Then let it be one way.” The young man said, hoping that someday he could find enough money to return.
So he boarded the train, found a comfortable seat next to an open window and sat back for the ride.
“Tickets please.” The conductor shouted moving up and down the isle. “Here you go, Sir.” The young man replied.
“Is this your first trip to the Big City?” The conductor questioned. “Yes, sir my very first trip.”
“Well you will have nine stops along the way; the last being the Big City. Each stop there will be a two hour lay over with food and drinks at the station. Make sure you are back on time or the train will leave without you.” The conductor instructed punching his ticket.
“Great!” responded the young man. He looked forward to the opportunity to see and visit the wondrous places on long the line. He envisioned all the wonders that he could see; all the things that he might do in those two hour layovers.
The young man set back and watched the scenery change as the train moved through the country. Morning changed into mid-day and mid-day changed into evening, and evening into night, yet the young man still felt the excitement of his journey.
At every stop, he would get out and venture into the town as far as he dared; always mindful that he had only two hours to visit.
There he got to see new sights, meet new people, see new things, and learn new concepts. His life was as a whirlwind wrapped up in these two hour layovers. Some places, he wished that he could stayed while others he was glad to see them fade in the distance; but all in all he was happy.
But the young man began to notice that his ticket was quickly filling up. Each stop caused him to receive another punch and he realized that soon his trip would come to an end. He counted three, four, five, and then six. Only a few more punches and he would be in the Big City.
Remembering back, he recounted each punch and each stop along the way. As his ticket began to fill he began to consider what was in store for him in the Big City. He forgot about what was behind, but much more what was ahead of him. Would it be anything like what he heard? Would it be better than any other stop along the way? Would he like it when he got there? These are the questions that ran through his mind as the conductor called for tickets and shouted, “Next stop the Big City.”
COMMON SENSE SAYS: In life we are granted a one way ticket and along the way it is punched with memories of the trip that we taken. But as we near our journey’s end and the memories fade, we wonder about our destination. What will it be like? What wonders will I see? If you are on the right track with the right train and you conductor is Jesus Christ, you will arrive safe and sound to a heavenly end.
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