I was very much amazed when I reached King’s Cross station in London after a 2 hour train ride from the airport. I stood up the whole time guarding my precious 30kg luggage, exhausted, and as I turned into the station, what was before me startled me.
A whole group of people – just a mass of people – standing still outside the electronic train notice boards. As soon as the notice boards were updated and the platform number was announced, I saw the whole group of them just charging towards the ticket barriers.
Of course, this might seem like an ordinary picture of life – people just waiting to get on their trains.
But to me, it represented something rather different – you see, all along, I’ve only watched people move. People move in and move out; left and right; sit and stand. People had so much going on, and so much to do in their lives that there was never really a moment that I had actually seen a still, motionless crowd with a purpose and yet, were waiting for the right cue and time to move.
And then suddenly, when the train platform was announced:
A mad rush. The energy level soaring. People pushing forward with a purpose.
That image remained etched in my mind throughout the train journey and I just couldn’t shake it off, that there was something more to just a memory.
I told God ‘I don’t know why I keep thinking about that image, but if there is something more to it, please Lord, reveal it to me.’
So just as I’ve read about people having a ‘shower moment’ (you know, when a speaker is in the shower, they suddenly get a revelation about their sermon or something), well, I had an ‘East Coast Train moment’. I got my paper and pen out, and just starting writing down my thoughts.
So here is just something that I pray God has inspired me to share, and may it bless you all (:
God’s calling is very much like us waiting for the train at King’s Cross.
God gives us a calling and a purpose; a destination and a place to go. For me, it’s to go to Durham. For someone else, it’s the workplace. For you, perhaps it’s to your neighbour’s heart or your friend’s broken soul.
And we stand at King’s Cross station – the crossroad in your life that the heavenly King has miraculously brought you to. You stand at the crossroads, and reach out your hands with your eyes wide open – Lord, show me the way, that I might walk in it and do Your will.
But King’s Cross stands for more than that – it symbolises you standing before the cross of the King of the Jews. Arms open wide, with arms pierced by nails, He died for you because He loved you. So you stand before that cross and you give your life to your saviour, and ask ‘Where do I go from here? This is the start of a journey with my Creator, what now?’
Then he tells you your destination, and in the middle of life and all its chaos, you are suddenly very still. You stop moving. You are still, peaceful and silent while you wait for God’s time to move. You know there is a time for everything, and season for all things, so when the platform number is announced, it’s your opportunity. It’s the chance that God has given you to carry out His purpose; it’s the platform in which you will carry out His purpose.
And all of a sudden, you see the people around you (and yourself) moving. Moving with a rush of energy and purpose. You realise that you are not on this journey alone. God calls all his sheep and they move in one accord, according to the will of the Lord.
Then I stopped writing and asked God, surely there’s more than that? I mean it’s just a train ride, right God?
Wait, my Child. There’s more:
Then I realised that God’s calling is not just about the destination. It’s about the train journey – the journey towards the goal that is set before you.
During your train ride, there will be lovely moments. Moments where you look out of the window and marvel at the scenery: the fluffy clouds and azure blue sky and the endless green fields. No worries; peace; stillness.
But then, there are moments where you go through the dark tunnels. The only sound you hear is the hollow eeriness which numb your eardrums. Your phone reception dies, and you have no contact with the outside world. No internet, calls or messaging. You don’t know how to communicate and you can’t relate to the outside world. You’ve been isolated.
However, you realise three things:
1. You’ve got everyone else on the train with you. It’s a marathon with everyone else. Perhaps it’s a different destination, but it’s the same journey, same calling, same God. They’ve got your back and you’ve got theirs. Ah, the wonderful presence of your brothers and sisters in Christ.
2. The passages through the tunnels are short-lived. God never said that life would be easy, but He promises safety and an end to those tunnels.
3. You have a destination. This journey is not without a purpose – God will bring you to where you need to be, but only if you take that step of faith to move when the platform number is announced, pass the ticket barriers and get on board the train.
So God’s question for us is this:
Are you willing to follow My will?
When you stand at the King’s cross (both signifying the greatest sacrificial love story, as well as the crossroad, in your life), are you willing to take that step of faith for me?
Will you take the train with enthusiasm and energy?
Throughout life’s scenery and tunnels, are you willing to trust in Me that I will bring you to the destination?
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
Sorry I couldn’t take a better picture. There were a lot more people waiting that shown in the picture.
Juggling with a backpack and a huge luggage was difficult, but I hope the picture gives you an idea of what a wonderful and inspiring image and memory it was to me: