Troubles That Missed The Train
"Some of your
griefs you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived; But
what torments of pain you endured From the evils that never
Professor Meyer, of Stanford University, says, "It is our fears that
often bring us our worst perplexities." The things that happen to us
are usually not nearly so bad as the things we expect to happen that
do not happen.
your life and count how many troubles you foresaw and feared, whose
dark shadows lay across your way possibly for years. Many of these
troubles never arrived. They missed their train somewhere. They
failed to make connection or they were run off in some other
direction. Anyway, the trouble you looked for and planned for and
expected and feared and shrank from never came your way.
other troubles that looked so great in prospect, when you actually
faced them, when they were close enough to touch, were not at all
the terrible things you thought them to be. Some of them you
surmounted easily. Some of them you laughed at. Some of them you
made stepping-stones. Some of them just faded out of the picture.
you ever read the old story of the servant girl whom her mistress
found one day in the kitchen weeping? Her mistress said, "Why, Mary,
what are you crying about?" "Oh," she wailed, "I am afraid my
children will be drowned." "Why," said her mistress, "you are not
even married." "No," said she, "but I was thinking how awful it
would be if I should marry and have children and they should fall in
the river and drowned."
smile at this tale but many of us are just as foolish this servant
girl. Never go out into the future to meet your troubles. If they
are coming they will come anyway. They will get to you soon enough.
Do not run to meet them. Just let them alone and most of them will
go some other way. In one way or another they Will miss the train
and never reach you.
people are like Martha. They are "careful and troubled about many
things." Not a few people are like Nebuchadnezzar. He said, "I saw a
dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the
visions of my head troubled me" (Dan. 4: 5). Daniel also said, "The
visions of my head troubled me" (Dan. 7:15). Many people have
written me about dreams they have had asking me to interpret them or
to tell them if I think they portend trouble.
are hundreds of people who are disturbed by things they dream or
experiences they have just as they wake from sleep. They have
impressions of various sorts. Some of them are very unusual. Some
people are troubled for years over something they have dreamed. It
is true that we read in the Bible of people having dreams that had
significance. These dreams, however, were very unusual. Perhaps a
man would have two or three such dreams in a lifetime. All the rest
of his dreams were without significance. If God should give any of
us a dream he would see that we learned its meaning. He would not
leave us to be troubled over it very long.
worry over your dreams. Never interpret them as meaning trouble
coming to you unless you go farther and believe it is God's way of
helping you out of the trouble by forewarning you and thus enabling
you to be prepared to meet it when it comes. But God never gives you
a dream to frighten you unless to awaken you from sin. He never
gives you a dream to trouble you, so do not trouble over them.
are other people who get troubled over thoughts that come into their
minds. They do not know the source of these thoughts. A thought
makes a strong impression upon their mind. They cannot shake it off.
Then they feel that there is some hidden meaning in that thought and
they worry about it and wonder about it. Never allow yourself to be
troubled over such things.
there are others who have thoughts of evil come into their mind.
They put them away but speedily they return. They condemn themselves
for these thoughts. They think they are not right with God or they
would not have such thoughts. There may be many other reasons for
their coming into the mind and for their persistence in returning to
the mind. Displace these thoughts by good thoughts all you can, but
do not worry over them.
many railroad crossings there are derails. If one train is about to
run into another on a crossing it can be derailed and a collision
prevented. We need a derail for our troubles. Perhaps another figure
would be a side-track. One can become quite an expert in side
tracking troubles. The best way to side-track our troubles is set
forth in the text, "Casting all your care upon him for he careth for
you." This is a lesson we all need to learn. The Lord is ever ready
to help us in all times of need. We do not have to bear anything
alone. The Lord is a present help in every time of trouble. Let us
learn to rely upon him.
people, in a different sense, have a side-track of their own, with
an open switch. Every car of trouble that comes along runs in on
their siding. If we must have a siding we should keep the switch
closed. We should keep out of other people's troubles. Most of the
troubles many people have are from getting into other people's
troubles. We should take precautions to have all the troubles that
do not belong to us passed on to the ones to whom they belong and
not accept them ourselves nor be partners with them in them. To be
sure we should help others all we can, but we should not load up
with their troubles.
the verse at the head of this chapter. Get the lesson in it. Then so
face the world and so master yourself that you will not cross your
bridges before you get to them nor suffer from your troubles before
they arrive. Ever keep in mind the fact that most of them will miss
the train and will never arrive and whatever you might suffer from
them from anticipation is useless suffering.