On my way to the office earlier this week I was stopped by a train crossing the tracks at Thrasher Pike. This happens at least 3-4 days per week, so it’s something I’ve become accustomed to. As is often the case the train began to slow down. I have seen them stop on the tracks before, shutting down the highway for what seems like an eternity. Since trains cut off traffic from the opposite direction, it is common to see other cars break out of line to turn around and take another route to their destination. This is precisely what the truck who was sitting second in line chose to do once the train began to decelerate. Ironically, just as he finished his five-point turn in the middle of the road and began driving away, the last car of the train passed by. Another 30 seconds of patience would have granted him the ease of passage he was seeking.
At times we find ourselves struggling, wondering when our suffering will end. We even tend to seek our own way, thinking that going a different direction will bring an end to the struggle. How often, when the situation seems most dire, do we turn away for a solution, not realizing how close we were to deliverance? Jeremiah says in Lamentations 3:25, 26, “The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” During your struggle, wait for the Lord, because your deliverance may be nearer than you think.