First Class Train Journey

First Class Train Journey

I’ve just turned sixty! I’m not sure whether the youth of old age has arrived, but I had definitely been looking forward to venturing out on my recently acquired Smart Pass. Apparently it’s one of the most beautiful journeys in the world which I’ve never actually done and I had already been planning to take the train from Coleraine to Londonderry. Perhaps that will happen at some stage in the summer, but in these days of travel restrictions I’ll have to be content to stay at home in the meantime.

The truth is that I’ve never been too depressed by these slightly bigger birthdays with zeros attached, but have always been able to embrace them cheerfully. That is, every year since I turned 29 which for some strange reason I found terribly depressing with the big 30 looming ahead! Having lived as many years again, it now all seems relative and makes me smile – turning 29 wasn’t that bad after all!

The Old Testament prophet Joel promised a better day and laced every year with hope when the Lord would pour out his Spirit on all people: “Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (2:28).

Whether you are full of prophecy or transitioning from visions to dreams as I probably am, we probably need to make time and space first and foremost to allow the Lord to speak to us.

These days may be worrying for obvious reasons, but they do have the advantage of being a little less manic than the fast pace of normal life that has us involved in all kinds of journeys that may not be absolutely necessary. How many times have I travelled in ever decreasing circles having lost sense of the destination?

So why not embrace the stillness of solitude over a cup of coffee and dare say to the Lord: “What word do you have for me today? What adventure? How are you going to stretch my horizons?”

I guarantee you that it will be every bit as good as a first class train journey with a panoramic view. A journey you would not want to miss. And free for all, not just those with Smart passes!

Charles