If you have ever been to New York City and attempted to navigate the Subway system there is a very important thing you have to understand. There are Local trains and there are Express trains. Local trains make every single stop while Express trains skip over multiple stops at a time and really just hit the major stops. Luckily I learned this before finding out the wrong/hard way (getting on an Express when you need to stop at a local stop).
During my college years I used this very simple concept as a way of life to attempt to avoid drama in my life (which if you recall there is plenty of in college). It took me a couple of years, but I realized that drama and worrying doesn’t do anything positive for you. So when something would come up that was potential drama or something I could easily worry about, I just told myself, “I’m putting that on the express lane!” in other words, those things didn’t need to affect my day to day life. I’d be ok with it getting on a train and not showing up for a few stops! As this went on, you could hear me exclaim “Express Lane!” many times over my Junior and Senior years of college.
There are a lot of things in this world that you don’t need to let affect your life. God didn’t put you on this earth to worry or deal with drama!
A good friend of mine sent me a text message during a stress filled time recently and i felt it fit perfectly with this message…it read…
“”Dont stress…don’t worry! You can’t add one second to your life by worrying Matthew 6:27…This moment. right now, is a miracle. Each breath you take is an example of God’s love! You’re here cuz He made you with an amazing purpose in mind! These things that upset us and frustrate us are minor in the grand scheme of things and it will blow over. Just breathe..”
Think of your life as a Local train in New York City. You have to make all the stops…because its your life. But every once in a while, there is an opportunity or station to have something you don’t want to deal with be put on another train that goes faster and you don’t ever have to see it again. Sure it still exists but its just taken far away from you.
God is that Express Lane train. He can take the things you don’t want to worry about or stress over and take them far away from you. All you have to do is put it on the Express Lane.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
Just keep making your stops on you local train, dealing with life as it goes by. But always know that God is there ready and willing to relieve you form the worries of this world. Just “Express Lane” them and those local stops will get much more enjoyable, and the people on the train will like you much more as well, maybe even talk to you!