While standing at a busy Los Angeles intersection a buzzing noise and then a voice broke through and entered my consciousness--"Lady, it may have sounded like we crashed landed, but the engine is still running, the engine is still running." The light having turned green I quickly moved on, leaving the speaker and his grocery cart of possessions.
It wasn't the first time that some bizarre comment was uttered within my hearing but what has stuck with me, however, is that the comment may not have been that "crazy" after all. As I continued down the street it occured to me that when reading the news or listening to world events we may think that it "sounds" like we, as a creation, have crashed landed. All the evidence is there--war, famine, unrest, genocide, land destruction.
But I believe that God is in control and that makes the Engine still running. We, however, as Jesus followers cannot buy a ticket to the End Times Revue and then scramble for a front row seat. If the Engine is still running our work is not over and we have a responsibility to be a part of repairing what has been broken.
When God says we won't know when He will return we might want to take him at his word. We will be surprised. God is calling us to be diligent workers to the very end. God has given us the earth to care for. Jesus said, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of people." The Holy Spirit surrounds us with guidance and direction.
Since hearing the street person's wisdom I have had to ask myself--
If the engine is still running what am I doing to help restore what God has created?
How am I reaching out to broken hearts and giving them the promise"it may feel like you've crashed landed, but God is in control, Jesus loves you and the Holy Spirit is with you because, you see, the Engine is still running."
Is my heart and spirit open each day to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit guiding and directing me?
It may sound like we've crashed landed, but praise the Lord, the Engine is still running!