If you live in the Lower Mainland area you probably heard about the current accessibility issues with the new fare gate system on the skytrain and seabus. In order to activate the gate you need to tap your compass card over the red light that is on the side of the gate. For some people with disabilities it’s an impossible task as they don’t have the mobility or the strength to complete the task therefore they are locked out until a transit employee or a willing passenger comes to help.
Fortunately in my case I have the motor skills to reach up and scan the pass to activate the gate however sometimes it takes me two or three attempts. On top of that I need to rush through the gate which is not always easy to do because there are times when my arm goes into spasm and I need to wait until my arm and hand relaxes for me to drive my chair. I consider myself as one of the lucky ones as this is just another hurdle to overcome. I do have the physical ability and the mentality to work through these types of obstacles to get to my destination.
Some people with disabilities have said that Translink has made public transportation inaccessible with the installation of the fare gates. Before it was completely accessible however it was never intentional for Translink to make it less accessible. Translink didn’t have the wisdom to foresee this complication and how vital accessibility is for using public transportation.
One of my favourite things about God is that he is accessible to all. There aren’t any hurdles that we need to jump through to have a personal relationship with the Lord. We often put up walls or barriers ourselves that create distance. Sometimes it is unintentional as we get caught up in the busyness of life or our emotional state can cause havoc and deter us from spending time with God and enjoying his presence and being renewed by his Holy Spirit.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Such a good reminder–of the walls and barriers. So easy to either take him for granted and ignore him, or listen to the lies that say He doesn’t care or isn’t there. But either way, the gate is wide open when we turn to Him and come.