A clear pathway (08/10/20)
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. (John 6:39)
The Peak district is characterised by hills, valleys and gorges. It is a complex and diverse landscape. In 1863 the London Midland Scottish railway forged a railway track through this landscape to carry passengers and cargo between Manchester, Derby and London. Engineers had to construct a mix of cuttings, tunnels, embankments and viaducts to create a broad and level bed along which multiple and heavy trains could travel safely from one destination to another.
The track closed in 1968, and parts are used for recreational use. The Monsal trail occupies the section between Buxton to Bakewell. There are a multitude of signs to guide you there and maps to explain how to use it. We cycled it last weekend, alongside many other users.
The track bed, broad and safe, stretches before you with sweeping turns. The engineered structures provide plenty to marvel at and enjoy, whilst old stations prompt questions for the curious. Countless footpaths and bridleways which criss-cross the line are shuttered off by gates and styles, so even the youngest travellers are unable to take a wrong turn inadvertently.
2000 years ago, Jesus cut through complex rules and confused interpretations to create a safe and clear route to God. Belief in the identity and resurrection of Jesus Christ puts us on the railway line to heaven.
From the track, we gain magnificent views of Creation, and share wonder and excitement with other families and travellers along the same route. The more curious can wonder how it all came to be, but no detailed understanding is necessary to enjoy the journey.
Once we have found the track, it is impossible to get lost. Our destination is clearly signposted all along the way.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you that you died for my sins, and carved out my route to God.
May the Holy Spirit guide me safely along that route,
until I reach my final destination with you in heaven.
In your mercy,