It has come to me several times the past couple of weeks for my wife, Ernie, and me to take The Salvation Army Flag on to the pedestrian overpass on Ellington Parkway just north of downtown Nashville during morning rush hour traffic and wave at the people passing under us into town. It sounded like a crazy idea to me so I resisted it the first couple of times. Finally I mentioned it to my wife and she was ready to do it with me. So we planned to do it this morning (Monday, April 20, 2015).
When we woke up it was overcast with “scattered showers” so I suggested that we wait until another morning, but Ernie was ready to go. So we did. As we were walking up the Ellington Parkway walkover, we passed over a very long train parked on the tracks below us.
When we arrived over the incoming lanes of Ellington Parkway we held up the flag and began to wave at people and to pray for God’s presence to fall on them. Ernie said, “Somebody’s going to honk at us.” Immediately a car honked and waved back at us. At that very moment, the horn on the train sounded and it began to move toward Nashville.
Suddenly I remembered a vision that I had a few years ago. In my mind’s eye I had seen a long train moving rapidly into Nashville and these words had come to me, “Revival is coming to Nashville like a train.”
Ernie and I stood on that pedestrian bridge from 8:00 to 9:00 this morning waving and praying for the people passing us and for the city of Nashville the entire time. We felt God’s presence so strongly that the hour seemed like 15 minutes. We were both incredibly blessed as many people waved back at us and gave us friendly honks. I am so glad that we obeyed the Spirit’s prompting this morning.
So what does the flag mean? The red represents the blood of Jesus; the yellow stands for the fire of the Holy Spirit; and the blue symbolizes a life of radical obedience to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.