The Road We Travel
Traveling a road makes me think of individual choices. When we take a road trip, we can choose the straight highway or the scenic backroads. Both roads will deliver us to our final destination, but while the highway is straightforward, the backroads promise adventure.
The Road is Broad or Narrow
Jesus says the road is broad that leads to destruction and the road is narrow that leads to life.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” ~Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
The Road Not Taken
Literature beckons us to consider the road not chosen for travel. Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, invites us to embark in adventure and to refuse to follow the masses.
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 first 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 Road Will We Choose?
We have physical roads: straight highway or scenic backroads.
The spiritual roads: wide gate with broad road equals destruction or small gate with narrow road equals life.
The philosophical roads: well-travelled by the masses or less travelled.
The road we choose in each of these categories will affect us. The physical roads could save or cost us time. The spiritual roads determine how we spend eternity. The philosophical roads affect our internal perception of life.
Acknowledge and Trust God
God encourages us to come to Him, seek His counsel, and follow Him.
“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” ~Proverbs 37:3-5 NASB
Choose the Road of Obedience
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is road.