I saw what seemed tongues of fire burning along the rails in Chicago Transit lines. Had Judy find it on the internet. Lo and behold, this winter’s frigid weather in the Windy City offered the explanation. Without heat generated by gas-fed lines adjacent to the rails, frozen “switch points”, especially at “A-2, Chicago’s busiest interlocking,” would paralyze mass transit throughout the region. A few weakened railroad ties constitutes the only cost in the present system. Internet 2/23/18
God designs adversity as Chicago engineers design gas-fed lines heat lines. They to keep interlockings working so mass transit can function. God to keep faith in him alive, active and ascendant in discipleship. Consider the patriarch Jacob at approximately 70 years of age. Before birth God promised him rule of his older brother. Yet his father Jacob, because he loved his son Esau’s tasty wild meat dishes—which, by the way, his wife Rebekah so cleverly imitated with domestic sheep he didn’t know the difference—would have betrayed God’s command and given the rule to Esau.
The point of the blog, however, is Rebekah’s confidence that Jacob would leave home only “for a while,” Genesis 27:44-45, until Esau’s hatred diminished. That “while” turned into 20 years. A score of years! Because Jacob needed that time for spiritual character development. He learned under the hard, unfair tutelage of his father-in-law that God alone could protect and provide. That exile saved Jacob for God’s work.
What could God be teaching us as we undergo trying times we wouldn’t have chosen to endure? Whatever it is, let God have his way, in his time. A more Christ-like person will result from whatever we are now; a more dedicated Christian, however dedicated now. None of us has yet paid in blood to grow in Christ. Most of us have yet to break a sweat in the effort.
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