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Lessons Learnt from the O-Bahn

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord…” (Psalm37:23).

On Saturday 4th June, being a bit tired of heading to Adelaide CBD (I lost count of the number of times we headed into the city over the past 5 weeks) we decided to head out to one of Adelaide’s bigger malls.

The highlight was catching the bus via Adelaide’s O-bahn, which apparently is the world’s longest and fastest guided busway (read more about it

What stands out for me is the fact that the O-bahn service is described as a “guided”service. The bus will stay on course, since it’s being “guided” along by the concrete tracks. The involvement of the driver, other than applying the necessary acceleration and braking, etc, is minimal. In fact at one point I noted the driver having a good scratch of her left ear while the bus was travelling at around 100 kph. Should her attention not have been more focused? Well, the reality was this: she was doing all that she could and should have been doing. The course of the bus was determined by the tracks along which it was moving.

I am reminded of the Scripture: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord…”(Psalm 37:23). In another passage, God says to Jeremiah (and the principle applies to all of us) “before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5). There is blue-print set for each of our lives, a planned course, a journey – whichever metaphor we wish to use to describe it. It’s a plan and a purpose ingrained by the Almighty in our individual DNA.

Once the “wheels” of our goals, ambitions, vision interlock with the “tracks” of Heaven’s “O-bahn” – we will find that we can cruise along on our God-given course. It’s a “guided” course. All that we can do and should do is to trust that the One Who has set the course knows what He’s doing and is well able to lead us to safety.

We will be stopping along the way to impact/affect the lives of those at the next point in our journey. We “pick up” those who need to be picked up – the hurting, the battered the bruised, the friends that will speak into our lives and build us up in the Lord. We also pause to let those off who would like to, and who need to get off – those whom God had intended only for us to help heal, and then to let go, to forge their own journeys in life; the “pseudo-friends” who once walked with us, but for reasons known and unknown have become more of a hindrance than a help; those whose words of honey have become backbites of bitterness.

Will that journey always be a smooth and problem-free one. Of course not! The bus on the O-bahn can experience a puncture along the way, however the wheels of the bus are so designed that even with a puncture, it can still continue to the next point in its journey where it can receive the necessary tending. So too, as we travel along the “O-bahn of life”, there will most certainly be setbacks, and challenges. However, God assures us that we are not alone. His grace is sufficient, His mercies enough to get us to the next stage of our journey, where we can find the support, encouragement and building up that we need to go on.

So, dear friends, as we continue along our respective journeys of life – me on the one set for my family and I, and you on the one set for you and yours – who knows what lies ahead? Travel victoriously in the Lord! May His joy continue to be your strength! At the next interchange, the next station, perhaps our lives will cross again. However, if not, may we all arrive safely, by God’s Grace, at the final terminus, the final destination for all God’s children – the City of Heaven, where the streets are paved with gold, where there will be no more pain, no more suffering, where the Conductor of our lives Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ, will wipe away every tear from our eyes! I look forward to seeing you there and then. Bon Voyage! God Speed!

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