I really enjoyed Michael Portillos series on great British railway journeys being repeated on the bbc at the moment and am delighted to hear they are planning a new series to be shown I think next year
I don't travel on trains often these days but I enjoy it when I do
One of the things I love is the chance get a coffee from the trolley, lean back in the seat , gaze out of the window and watch the world go by at great speed without moving a muscle ! to coin a phrase it really is letting the train take the strain!
Travelling on a summers day say from Shrewsbury to Hereford is a wonderful opportunity as you pass between Church Stretton, Craven Arms Ludlow, Leominster to enjoy the staggering beauty of the English countryside, but what I really enjoy is people watching! What are those people talking about at the allotment? Where are those walkers heading for? Who is that meeting the old lady at the station?,
You see people are fascinating. Rich people, poor people, old people, and young people - they're all fascinating. Everything about them - from the way they dress to the lines etched on their faces acts like a magnet to us. If we love people watching, it’s because we're naturally curious about other human beings
Curiosity may have killed the cat but we can't resist a peek at each other's lives we're drawn to each other - its part of being human.
God is fascinated with us one of the things that spooks people about God is they imagine that He looks at us like some terrible spy in the sky ready to step in if were having too much fun
But God is fascinated with because He cares for us - He loves us
The Bible stories prove that to us On one occasion a guy disfigured with leprosy comes to Jesus -This guy was a mass of sores and ulcers ,but the social consequences were much worse Leprosy was considered contagious. Lepers were ostracised from society, out cast ,untouchable- a man avoided by people he did not know and rejected by those he did , The leper comes to Jesus with faith, and says Lord you can make me well -What happens next is extraordinary- were told Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man I am willing Be healed!!!
The untouchable is touched by the hand of Jesus .Everybody matters to Him.you matter to Him
That is a demonstration of the love of God for all human beings and a sign that through Jesus- God longs to be in relationship with us
I suppose relationships of all kinds with other human beings are what makes the world go round
In my experience what really makes human beings happy is good relationships with other human beings and what makes us unhappy is bad relationships with other human beings
So perhaps we should all invest more time ,in our families ,our marriages .d our friendships ,our other relationships .that is a vital part of the secret of happiness but since we are all made in the image of God we should also seek to be in relationship with Him
After all didnt Jesus say that all the 2 greatest commandments are these?
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Do that and we will certainly stay on the rails!