Model Trains & Spiritual Life

Today was a breather kind of day.

It’s a Saturday and it has been snowing… again… beautiful but a great afternoon to spend indoors.

So how did I spend it?  Cleaning my Lionel train and doing some track maintenance.  If that doesn’t give you enough of a clue, I love model trains.  Lionel to be specific, and I have loved them since I was a kid.  The set I have is comprised of the old set handed down from my brothers along with pieces I have picked up along the way.  Usually part of what I have comes out at Christmas and it’s really the only time I spend “playing” because I don’t have a space that I can dedicate to a permanent train layout. But I am still a kid at heart and love model trains. (If you happen to have any model trains that need a new home I promise they will get used at my house!)

That being said, it has been a few years since I really took time to clean the track.  During Christmas I had it set up under the tree in such a manner with two trains and two Lionel Christmas trolly’s that we really couldn’t get the wrapped presents under the tree.  What I did notice was my track was loose fitting and the trains weren’t getting a great connection.  So today, I decided to clean a bunch of the track, tighten the connections with a pair of needle nose pliers, and put it together to give the engines a chance to run for a while.

Track maintenance was the best thing because I knew it would improve the performance.

It did.

 

And that got me to thinking about my spiritual life.

How often do we let ourselves run in life without a bit of spiritual maintenance?  We pour into work, family, friends, and maybe even Facebook friends who have posted prayer needs.  All of these are good things, except for when they drain us and take the place of spiritual renewal.

In Mark 1 Jesus has called his disciples, began preaching and teaching, and even began healing people with all kinds of issues. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak because they knew him. And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (32-35)

Jesus took the time away from the noise, crowds, and even his own disciples to spend time with his Father.  But we think we have to stay on the go and not let up.  When we slow down enough to stop, read the Bible, pray, allow our minds to clear, breathe, focus on a Bible verse, let God drift into our consciousness, he can speak even when we are cleaning train track with rubbing alcohol and a piece of fine grit sandpaper.

Read daily, pray daily, think about the good things of God daily, allow time to refocus on Christ daily

It really does make a difference, at least it does for me if I take the time… I do find life easier to deal with on those days.

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