Climb aboard, and I’ll explain.
The left rail rides on our circumstances.This rail is the world as we encounter it through our life experiences.The scenery outside the left window illustrates the left-rail story.
The right rail is the redemptive story God is authoring. When we look out of the right window, we are provided some perspective as to God’s internal work of heart transformation. We can see the fruit He is producing in us.
Riding on the left rail often troubles us because what see out the left window disturbs us. The enemy taps on the glass and points to the things that distress us –pains, struggles, dangers, and uncertainties. He knows that when we fixate on the left-rail story we become confused. We become vulnerable to his deceptive suggestions that our stories will not end well.
What does the enemy want us to see when we stare out the left window?
Perhaps we imagine we can clearly see imminent danger a few miles ahead. The bridge is out! THE BRIDGE IS OUT! The brakes aren’t working. We’re on a runaway train barreling toward disaster.
Or maybe several miles back we entered a dark tunnel. As we listen to the steady clatter of the wheels under us, we can’t see anything, but it sure feels like we’re descending. We’re captives on a subterranean express train headed for the abyss.
Maybe when we look left we see nothing at all. We gaze out the left window and see nothing but miles and miles of barren landscape. We’re phantom riders on a ghost train going nowhere.
Sometimes when we look down we could swear this train has lost all contact with the track beneath us. The ride is unstable. This train is off the rails! We’re careening down the hillside on a derailed train.
Fixating on the left-rail is disorienting when things don’t make sense. Take it from a guy who’s been entranced by the left rail, spending countless hours trying to make sense of its incomprehensible narrative while failing to recognize that God Himself is the interpretive key.
When we focus on the right rail–paying attention to what God is doing–we begin to see a coherent story developing. We see real progress. We see purpose and process and transformation and fruitfulness.
What God has been showing me lately is that the two rails are not two stories, but one. I discovered that the “soul train” is more like a monorail. The Spirit is leading us on an intentional journey through the circumstances we encounter in order to transform us along the way. God calls us to cooperate with Him by integrating the things we are experiencing with the reality of His Presence and supernatural working. Seeing the two rails together makes all the difference in the journey.
Are you tracking with me?