I really like something I read lately by Rick Warren who is a pastor in California and who wrote The Purpose Driven Life. He said that he used to view life as valleys and mountains where the mountains were when great things happened and valleys were tragedies and tough stuff.
Now he sees life more like the two rails of a train track. There is always both good and bad happening in our life simultaneously. He mentions that in his own life now, that’s how it is. He is experiencing great success in ministry and yet his wife is dealing with life threatening health issues. That seems a more realistic approach.
As I thought about it I had an additional thought using the track illustration. A train travels on a track and both rails get the train to its destination. One isn’t more important than the other. If we view it correctly, it is both joys and sorrows, easy and hard times that will pull us into the station.
Rather than complain about one of the rails we should applaud its usefulness. I know that’s hard. But if you knew your rough train ride was headed for a world-class vacation destination of unparalleled joy, you could easily ignore a bad rail couldn’t you?
Heaven is the destination. Both rails will be worth obtaining “an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:4)