Faith and Fresh Hope on the Medicine Train

“I am preparing you for what is on the road ahead, just around the bend” (Jesus Calling, December 27).

The words of Sarah Young’s best-selling devotional sprang to life as the train wrapped around the curve ahead. From our seats in the dining car, my husband and I watched the engines of the California Zephyr disappear.

On the first day of our two-day journey from Denver to Sacramento, the train laced through snowy canyons and stretched across narrow valleys tucked deep in the Rocky Mountains. A perfect beginning to eight days off the grid. DSCN0886_2

Time jumped the track.

It slowed.

It showed me what I’d forgotten—that I could live without the virtual umbilical cord of instant communication and information from people I know and don’t know all over the world.

It taught me that I could sit on a passenger train and feed my soul on scenery seen by very few. train snow tunnel_2

It reminded me that God is not imprisoned in seconds and minutes and hours and days.

“Be still and know that I am God,” I heard in my soul again.


Family met us at the station. With no particular agenda, we dined with our daughter. I walked and talked with the special man in her life. Heard his heart.

On another day we visited with our out-of-state grandchildren, got to know them, listened to their opinions, discovered their likes and dislikes.

DSCN0927_2We worshipped at a church by the sea, rode bicycles along Cannery Row, shared conversations that drew us closer and prepared us for the—

—roaring engines of an airliner that brought us home in a crowded tube of hurried people with crying children and frazzled parents.

In my office, 381 email messages awaited the click of my mouse. Amazing how the Internet churned on without me during those eight days—and how I grew and stretched and settled and relaxed without it.

“The train was like medicine,” my husband said the day after our return. A miracle out of time that reminded us both how close God is if we will stop and listen and wait and watch.

Again Sarah Young’s words brushed against me: “I shower not only blessings but also outright miracles on your planet … things that most people hardly notice, like shifting shades of sunlight, fill[ing] you with heart-bursting Joy” (Jesus Calling, December 28).

Renewed faith and fresh hopethat’s what I found during those eight days off the grid.


Jesus Calling

4 thoughts on “Faith and Fresh Hope on the Medicine Train

  1. Life gets so hectic at times that we barely have time for God. We all need to take time to be still and seek God. He is the Creator! There is none greater and He is to be Praised! His Creation is awesome. So glad you enjoyed the train ride!

    1. Amen! Thanks for reading, Karen.

  2. Beautiful writing. Davalynn. Since I found you on Pinterest I’ve jumped from there to Amazon to here catching up on your life! I’ve been sitting here reading excerpts to my husband, telling him stories about rodeo clowns, your gifted musicianship, the fastest runner I’ve ever known (Jake, of course), and the few times you wiped Jesus’ feet with your pretty hair.
    So good to get reacquainted, and I can’t wait to load my Kindle with a Davalynn book!
    Jordan (Middleton) Anderson

    1. davalynn

      So good to hear from you, Jordan! Thanks for writing. I hope the stories are a blessing to you.


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