Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7 (New International Version)
A train moves confidently down the track heading toward it's destination. If the track were not in place the train would lose it's way and crash. This is how the train has been constructed to operate. The wheels have been designed to fit specifically on the track the train follows. The train is powered by diesel, steam, electric, or whatever fuel source the engine requires to operate. Once all of the necessary components are in place, the engineer and the crew can feel reliant that the train will perform as intended. They will still have to watch for any irregularities along the way, but as long as there are no obstructions or breaks in the track they will safely reach their destination.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)
Be on guard! Be alert and pray! You do not know when that time will come.
Mark 13:33 (New International Version)
We have been equipped for our life journey by God when we place our trust in Him. We are blessed with the power of the Holy Spirit. Our way may not be as tangible as the tracks that carry the train, but the Bible and prayer will help us to see where we are going. God will give us the strength, but we must keep our eyes open and our minds alert so as not to lose our way. Just as the engineer and his crew much watch the way before them to be sure that the route ahead is safe for travel, we must be vigilant on our life journey to be sure we are keeping on track. We do not have the security of iron rails to keep us from meandering off course, but God has given us everything we need to arrive safely to our destination. It is up to each of us to intently focus on where we are heading.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9 (New International Version)