As children we were daring. We tried to do the impossible and we ventured off from the reach of mom or dad’s guiding hand and watchful eye. We crawled through holes, climbed trees, walked the ridge and jumped from incredible heights. The whole while our protective parents cringed with fear that we would be injured and probably scolded us when we tried to push their patience and fear too far.
As adults we take the more obvious path. We go through the gate rather than the crack in the wall. We prefer to stay on the path than trudge through the mud and brambles. In essence, we grew comfortable with momentary comfort. As adults we have to be reminded to take the “path less traveled by.” When the crossroads in our life come up, though, do we choose the path that will test us, or do we choose the one that everyone else is on?
Crossroads typically come during a time when we feel least like being tested and tried and so we take the comfortable way. The way we are most familiar with or that will allow us to remain sheltered. It rarely leads to growth, but hey, at least it keeps us from having to feel anything. I don’t know about you, but my biggest fear is the unknown.
I’m at a crossroads in my own life and I’m being faced with the choice of two paths. The path I’m tempted to go down and the one that I know will be hard because I’ve never traveled it before. The unknown. It’s very scary thinking about all of the outcomes that may lay ahead…until I remember these truths:
God loves me and wants good for me, and Jesus died to cover my sin with His blood so that I may be presented to our Eternal Father in heaven. I have one outcome that IS known and if I have nothing else to look forward to, at least I have this…I will one day be eternally joyful and this life is but a single breath in comparison to what is to come. It’s not easy thinking of possibly decades more of rough roads and trials, but the thought of heaven is incredibly peaceful and encouraging!
So, the path I should take? With the faith of a child and the one that I have yet to experience…I know I must choose the one less traveled if I am ever to grow and experience God’s blessings. The path that is not laid with man-made comforts that I prefer nor a path with a known or desired destination. I can’t plan what God has in store for me at the end of my journey or what will happen along the way. I can only continue to pray and to have faith in God’s promises.
Which path will you choose at your next crossroads?
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14
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