We Travel with our Backs to the Engine

When asked what he thought would happen in the future, C. S. Lewis replied that he had no way of knowing. “I travel with my back to the engine,” he said. That makes it difficult to see what’s ahead.

Christians often spend a good deal of time pondering future events. It’s good to study what the Bible has to say about the future. What bothers me is when preachers present their view of how the end times will unfold and teach it as fact. Their followers become more concerned about the future than they are about the present.

Much better that one should be found active in their god-calling than discussing who the anti-Christ might be. The anti-Christ will one day reveal himself, or more accurately, be revealed by God, the One with power to unveil the future. In the meantime, no amount of knowledge, discussion or conjecture can change what will come to pass.

For Christ-followers, there’s only one mandate and it involves the present. Let the Lord, when He returns, find us faithful, using the hours of our ordinary days to enjoy Him. Let us busy ourselves with whatever work He gives us and at every opportunity speak of Him to others.

We all travel w ith our backs to the engine. We’re moving forward but events, both personal and global, remain unknown to us.

 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.”         Mark 13:32 (The Message)


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to We Travel with our Backs to the Engine

  1. Mary Lucchetti says:

    I loved this, Rose. All I can say is Amen!

  2. Darlene Wilson says:

    thank you Rose for the reminder. I can never hear it too often.

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