Years ago a novel delivery method was introduced to our country. The Pony Express transported mail 1900 miles from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in only 10 days. Forty men, each riding 50 miles a day, dashed along the trail on 500 of the best horses our nation could provide. Even though the route was extremely hazardous, only one mail delivery was ever lost.
Very strict rules were followed to conserve weight. Clothing was light, saddles were small and thin, and no weapons were carried. Even the horses wore light shoes or none at all! The mail pouches were also small, and letters had to be written on thin paper. Postage was $5.00 an ounce—a tremendous amount of money for those days.
Yet despite all the carefully attention to weight precautions, each rider carried a full-sized Bible! It was presented when a rider joined the unit, and he took it with him on his routes. Many are surprised to learn that among the Bible-toting couriers in the Pony Express was a young man named William Cody, later known as Buffalo Bill. For a year-and-a-half of operation, this was the best communication method available. When the Pacific Telegraph Company completed its line to San Francisco, a faster method became available.
As I think about that story, those men carried something with them that allowed for an even faster method of communication. We are able to communicate with the God of Heaven at the speed of thought! Imagine, this is even faster than the speed of light. And the manner in which this communication can be transported into our lives is available to each one of us.
As I sit here this morning writing out these thoughts, I have my do list in front of me. I have my schedule book in front of me. But what am I carrying within me? That Bible that was so important on that hazardous journey across the Old West, is it any less important today on our hazardous journey across modern society? In my reading this morning, the words from Romans 12:1,2 painted a vivid portrait of what we should be carrying. Let these word wash over you from The Message
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.”