A Discipleship Lesson from Randy Travis

God uses a wide variety of sources to teach us life lessons and to amaze us with His providence over every detail in our day to day lives. Yesterday, I heard a song by Randy Travis that started out being nothing more than background noise coming through my earbuds while I was fishing on Elmwood Lake. But then the lyrics began to grab my attention. I thought they went something like, “when you leave this world, it’s what you leave behind that matters.” So I started listening more closely, and although I hadn’t really heard the beginning of the song, the story it was telling fascinated me. So I reeled in my lure, pulled my phone out of the armband case, shut off Pandora, and googled what I thought was most likely the title, “Three Wooden Crosses.” I guessed right. That was, indeed, the title and the singer was Randy Travis.

If you’ve never heard this song, I’m not going to spoil its “cosmic irony” for you, but I think it’s pretty cool the way the Lord is revealing, to a secular audience, the loving way He works through events that to the world seem to be simply incidental, chance occurrences.

I would suggest that you listen to the song first, then read the lyrics again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUhmZBewpzE

Three Wooden Crosses

Randy Travis

A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher

Ridin' on a midnight bus bound for Mexico

One's headed for vacation, one for higher education

And two of them were searchin' for lost souls

That driver never ever saw the stop sign

And eighteen wheelers can't stop on a dime

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway

Why there's not four of them, Heaven only knows

I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you

It's what you leave behind you when you go

That farmer left a harvest, a home, and eighty acres

The faith and love for growin' things in his young son's heart

And that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children

Did her best to give 'em all a better start

And that preacher whispered, "Can't you see the Promised Land?"

As he laid his blood-stained bible in that hooker's hand

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway

Why there's not four of them, Heaven only knows

I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you

It's what you leave behind you when you go

That's the story that our preacher told last Sunday

As he held that blood-stained bible up

For all of us to see

He said "Bless the farmer, and the teacher, and the preacher

Who gave this Bible to my mama

Who read it to me."

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway

Why there's not four of them, now I guess we know

It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you

It's what you leave behind you when you go

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway.

Isn’t it remarkable that the Sovereign Creator of the Universe is providentially guiding every detail of our lives! May we all leave behind the inheritance of eternal life given to us, through grace alone, by our Lord and Savior.

Submitted by Jim De Horn