Love your trains!
We are still thinking about trains.
It is amazing to think how railway lines were built through very difficult terrain and usually with tools and machines that were both dangerous and labour intensive. With minor exceptions they were built not to give access to interesting or beautiful views but in order to connect places together, to enable economic development (some might say exploitation), to move coal or iron ore or whatever from A to B. The first working railway line in England (I think in the world) – between Manchester and Liverpool - was not built with the transport of people in mind. It came as a surprise to the railway company that people wanted to travel on a train!
Some of those railway lines built for the most part over 100 years ago were axed in the 1960’s but now are being restored as Heritage projects. What were once conceived as cheap and efficient ways of getting goods (and people of course once the idea got a hold) from A to B, and were given up because they were judged uneconomic, now receive TLC from dedicated volunteers, and are patronised by millions. We might say that the train has truly come of age!
So... what to make of this?
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone" (Psalm 118:22).
When Peter preached to the Jewish leaders in Acts 4:8–12, he quoted this psalm to show that Jesus is the rejected stone whom God made to be the cornerstone of salvation. They (the Jewish leaders) rejected him, but God not only accepted him but put him in the position of highest honour.