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Train Crossing

photo courtesy of Don Kalkman flickr.com

Train Crossings. Not all, but most are clearly marked with a series of warnings that are designed to make you cautious and consider the possibility of a train crossing the road. The warnings start with the X symbol stating “Railroad Crossings.” But if you didn’t notice that, they have bright red flashing lights with dinging bells. But if you didn’t notice that, they have cross bars with more flashing red lights that come down and block the passage across the roadway. And if you didn’t notice that, the train conductor has a really loud, obnoxious horn that he wails on to let you know a large metal machine weighing more than 3000 tons that has no hope of stopping in time is about to cross your path.

You would think that with all of those warnings that it would be impossible for a car to get hit by a train. Unfortunately it happens all the time. It nearly happened to me once. In my case there were no crossbars at the intersection, but all of the other warnings were there. I had the music in the cab turned up way too high, lost in thought, not paying attention. As I crossed the tracks I heard a strange blaring sound, a train whistle. I turned my head to look down the tracks to see the train only a few yards away coming straight towards me. I pressed the gas and managed to escape disaster.

Proverbs 15:31 (NIV)

31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
    will be at home among the wise.

To receive correction is to receive a warning. Some translations use the word reproof or rebuke. The point is the same: someone gives advice about how to live, usually as the result of a foolish or bad decision made by the person receiving the rebuke. The correction is intended to bring about a change or a correction in thinking that will either enhance or prolong the life of the one who receives it. A wise person will listen ……..

There have been many older, wiser people throughout my life who have given me advice about how to live and make good decisions. I will confess that in my youth I didn’t listen nearly well enough. At times I felt like they were interfering in my affairs. But as I have aged, I have come to realize that there is a wealth of knowledge and experience outside of my own head. Their warnings were intended to keep me from harming myself or others around me.

I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences; someone with a stern face pointing a finger at you with a slightly raised voice ……. trying to get your attention.

Hebrews 12:11(NIV)

11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Just in case you didn’t notice, the people that care and love you the most are the ones who go out of their way to give you warnings and corrections.

My mug is full and ready for a new day. Watch out for blinking railroad crossings!!

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com