“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death” Proverbs 16:25.
I am sure everyone can say they have been at a crossroads before but the fork in the road isn’t the problem. Many are faced with two roads to pick from but what really counts is which road you choose. There typically is one road that seems to be comfortable to walk on, easy to access, and void of any problems. Then there is a road that may take longer, may have you climb some mountains with rough terrain, or cross dangerous rivers. Which sounds more appealing?
If I was given this choice I would probably choose the first one.
Now what if I tell you that first road gets you there quick but the “there” is over a cliff plummeting to your death? And what if I told you that each time you felt tired and unable to go on, while walking that second road, there was a life-giving water bottle waiting for you. Or how about hiking boots and climbing rope for the mountains? What about a canoe for the river?
I am pretty sure you would choose the second one, I know I would.
Only one road leads to certain death. So where does the other road lead? To “I AM.” “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.” He is where the second road leads to. Any movement you make on the second road, drawing you closer to God, gets you walking with Christ. He will be your Life-Giving Water, your Hiking Boots and Climbing Rope, and your Canoe.
When I was younger I came across a huge fork in my road where the directions were complete opposites. I had the option to be a Christian, following Christ, or the person walking down the easy road. I chose the easy path, doing an insane amount of bad stuff. I was having the time of my life, racing towards the cliff. I even knew it was there and still did not care.
On one of my drunken runs down the second-easy path, I tripped over a pebble the size of my kids. I was on the ground lying face-to-face with my girls who were suffering from neglect. I saw the pain in their eyes so I begged the Lord to rescue me because the fun path was no longer fun.
All of a sudden there was a Bridge leading me to the other road. Christ was holding out His hand while pointing to a warning sign that explained how dangerous walking in His footsteps could be and that not many were brave enough to do it. It was my choice to make, I had to reach out to grab hold of His hand. In that moment, I was reminded of a beautiful poem called “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Near the end of it is one of my favorite quotes, “and I–I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference!”
There have been rough moments, rocky waters, and I have been thirsty at times on the second road but it has all been worth it. Are you willing to change course to His path or do you need some relief while on His road? Just ask, “for all those who knock, the door will be opened to!” It will make all the difference.
Not Yet But Getting There! (notyetproverbs31)