Beauty By Train


Something New

I travel a lot… I mean a lot.  This month alone I’ve been to Haiti (for missions) and the Bahamas for work, and everywhere in between.  I travel by plane most of the time and I’ve done every mode of ground travel you can imagine from Haitian Tap-Taps to chauffeured limos (very rare).  However, I’ve never travelled by Train before and upon receiving a last minute request to attend a meeting in New Jersey, I elected to take the train for a five hour ride.  I’m very glad I did.

Chaos Diffused

My route took me from Fredericksburg (about an hour south of Washington DC) to Newark, New Jersey.  As I spread out along my seat, I was able to plug in some music and settle in so that I could get some work done on my long ride – but very little work got done.  Instead I was mesmerized by world flowing past my window and carried away by the music roaring in my ear-buds.  And for the longest time, I didn’t care about the stack of work to be done, the never ending texts, emails and voicemails that were endeavoring to overcome my peace.  I took the time to look in awe at the images that were streaming past me with the only thought being “Look what He created and that which we neglect”. Amazingly, as if orchestrated by a master conductor, the music that was randomly playing on my iPad was creating a story for all of the visual stimulus that I was taking in.  It was beautiful.

Taking The Time

This time, that was so refreshing, was given to me.  It was not sought, it was not preconceived, it was not planned.  That type of gift is the best gift of all.  The gifts that weren’t given by duty or anticipation.  The Creator is amazing.  The time was treasured.  The miracle realized.

I realized that it wasn’t the train ride – it was the moment.  It was actually a series of moments.  And that series of moments could have been realized anywhere, since creation is all around us.  I pray that I will find more of those moments in the years to come.  I’m enjoying the wisdom that is coming through the maturation process and have become eager to see more of Him in my advance through life.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

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  1. Francie Elle says:

    I was just picturing this as you were telling the story. I love when He shows us a glimpse of what He sees or has done. Totally unexpected and helps us see beyond ourselves. I've had those moments. :)

    P.S. I've only been on a train one time as a teen, and one day I'll ride one with my own little compartment and eat in a dining car.

  2. Sarah Cooper says:

    The peace and refreshment that come from just noticing what beauty God created around us — it's like being able to take a vacation in the middle of any day. :)

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