Matthew 7:14 (NIV) “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
My husband Bill and I enjoy driving to nearby vacation spots for a weekend away. If at all possible, we love to take the scenic routes to our destination. We avoid freeways and all the traffic and hassle that go with them. We take our time and stop often to look at the scenery or pop into quaint little shops. I find it very relaxing to bypass the busyness of the major thoroughfares. It also permits me to arrive at our journey’s end in a state of peace and tranquility.
Following country roads can also present some challenges. Sometimes we get stuck behind a slow moving tractor on a small two-lane road with nowhere to pass. Occasionally, country roads appear less maintained as compared to their city counter parts. In addition, breakdowns in the middle of nowhere add the additional problems of finding help. Nonetheless, we still prefer the less traveled routes.
These weekend getaways remind me of our walk in faith. We can travel with the world down the wide, well-worn roadway. It is the easy way with many conveniences to make our journey more pleasant. However, in the end, this road usually leads to death and destruction. Alternatively, we can travel the quieter, narrow road that leads us to Christ. It may not be the easy way but it leads us to eternal life in Christ. I think Robert Frost captured my thoughts so well in his poem called “The Road Not Taken”
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the other for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Which path will you chose this day?
May the Lord Bless you and keep.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”