The train is leaving………

5 years, 6 months ago 6

I made this photograph of a conductor in Arkansas at a train museum, I’v always loved the image, it appears he is looking at his pocket watch and anticipating the train pulling out, looking for that last passenger, to make it before the train starts to pull away!  In many ways I think that is what I’m doing, watching for the last ones to make it on the train.


Someday the train will leave for all of us, the question is will you be onhoard?  I’ve been reading Scott’s new book, It’s a Jesus Thing, and I have to say, I’m really enjoying it!  I think it strikes just the right cord for reaching out to those that are still sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to join us on this side!   For some it may seem like a soft sell, but I would disagree with them, and remind them that when we were trying to decide ourselves, we may have needed the same gentle touch to slowely move us toward Christ.


I heard a story recently about some men that were traveling together and on the trip and one of the men lead the other two to a relationship with Jesus.  About an hour later they were forced from the road by a eighteen wheeler, and they struck a tree tree at a high rate of speed.  One of the two men that had just accepted Christ was killed, the other two were injured, but survived.  Just imagine what a difference that made in that man’s eternal life.  I was reading in Scott’s new book about how it does not often work to lure people to wanting to become a Christian by scaring them with the fear of being condemned eternally.  I agree, not many people respond to fire and brimstone conversion techniques. However, the other side of that same coin is that Jesus is the only way to the Father and we cannot hope to escape that dreadful eternity unless we ask Him into our hearts. I like to think of Jesus as that conductor, standing, waiting, checking His watch knowing that some of His children are still not on board the train, hoping to see them rush up and jump on before the train pulls away from the station. He knows that once the train starts to move, it will be too late to get on board.


The problem with life is the train, (your passage out of this life), does not run on a schedule.  Sadly we do not always get a warning.  I had a dear friend some years ago that was not a believer, and I loved him dearly.  I shared with him about Jesus on several occasions, he was always kind, but he never accepted Christ.  One day I got a call that he had suffered a heart attack and died, he was only 53 years old.  I thought I had a lot more time to love on him, and try to get him to see how important it was to give his life to Christ.  The train pulled out before I got the chance.  I promised myself after his death that I would never let another friend go without a fight for them!  I’m sure that I’ve made a few people a little uncomfortable trying to encourage them to know how much God loves them, but I can assure you it’s nothing like as uncomfortable as an eternity seperated from God!


I have a dear friend who has a great line; “If you meet me, and forget me, you’ve lost nothing, if you meet God, and forget Him, you’ve lost everything!”


Here’s hoping you make the train,


the pilgrim







6 Responses

  1. Stanley Osei says:

    Hi Mr Fortney! I’m just 24 and I must confess that anytime I finish reading your posts and your passion towards inviting unbelievers into the light, it gives me 100% fulfillment in knowing that pursuing a career in photography will never distract the passion I’ve also developed towards spreading the Glorious Gospel. Long life in Christ Jesus is all I pray for you this day. Amen!

  2. admin says:

    And I thank you and praise Him, you’re off to a great start!

  3. Ken Piros says:

    Your friends line is excellent. Hope you don’t mind but I used it under one of my images posted on another site;

    Always hope that I can reach at least one person and lead them to Christ.

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