A few years back my mother was in a nursing home. After several months of visiting daily, the line-up of the elderly in the hallway greatly saddened me. Many were in beds and some in wheelchairs. Their eyes were closed either in sleep, or they were mentally somewhere else. Several had been there for years. As I passed them two or three times a day, my admiration for the nursing home staff rose tremendously. How wonderful that they were and are able to keep their spirits up. But for me it was a different story. I remember journaling:
They line the hall as if it were a train station
waiting for their time on the gloryland train.
Day after day they are disappointed
as it chugs right past them, never stopping.
And there they sit, blank faces, just existing,
Hoping that tomorrow, it might be their turn.
Why, oh, why does it take so long to die?
That may sound uncaring, but if you have ever sat with someone and watched them suffer year-after-year you will understand what I’m talking about. But let’s get back to my question of why people linger and linger? I really believe our bodies wear out before it’s time for the Father to take us home. Perhaps you have another thought. I do know God is a loving God and He wouldn’t allow it if there wasn’t a purpose in it.
But that got me thinking of a song Ricky Nelson sang back in the ‘60s, called the Glory Train. Now, Ricky Nelson was very popular singer back then. I’m going to share some of those words with you because they are important and they pack a message for each one of us today.
I want to ride that glory train…
Yes, all I want to do
When my life on earth is through
Is to get aboard and ride that glory train
When you get down to the station
And the train’s about to leave
You be sure to have a ticket
If you really do believe
That the Master’s waiting for you
How many of you today do not have a ticket for the glory land train headed for Heaven? We never know when it’s going to arrive for us. Too many people wait until the last minute to get their ticket. But your day will come and it may be when you least expect it. So whether the train comes for you before your elderly years, or after they arrive, be prepared with your ticket. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t scorn the Ticket Master’s gift of salvation. Jesus tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It is only by asking Him into our hearts and accepting that He died for us, will we be able to join Him in Heaven.
Check out these verses: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, John 14:6, Acts 16:31, 1 John 1:9, Ephesians 4:32