The Road We Choose to Travel

The Road We Choose to Travel

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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Be Still: 5 Amazing Bible Verses for Hope in God – Strength with Dignity

References:

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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.

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34 thoughts on “The Road We Choose to Travel”

  1. Two roads diverged for Robert Frost,
    and Jesus pointed out two paths
    (one well-worn by all the lost),
    and neither said these things for laughs.
    The lonely road can be quite rough
    (you may need move some fallen trees!),
    while highway’s lined with bling-y stuff,
    and you can sin there at your ease
    instead of buying miles with sweat,
    fatigue pushing aside pretence,
    making query, “We there yet?”
    words of insignificance,
    so I’ll say this, no hesitation,
    the journey is the destination.

  2. This is very thought-provoking, Lisa. And that song is a good reminder for me. I grew up on Keith Green – he impacted me deeply in my early walk with the Lord. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from #3 this week.

  3. Lisa, Beautiful! I love all your thoughts here, the poem and Scriptures. So important our paths – the narrow path with Jesus, roads less traveled for adventure, relaxation & beauty but highways when needed, and the road less traveled with a little a bit of the heavy road. What I find here Spiritual there is only one road and that is the narrow one. With physical and philosophical roads there may be combinations.

    1. So true, Deborah! There is one spiritual road, but there is flexibility with the physical and philosophical roads.

  4. As I read this, it struck me – This road is my life!! A series of choices – millions of moments of choices that make the path of my life. Thank you. And I thank God that I am His. #26

  5. It’s kind of fascinating the paths the Lord designs for each of us individually. How they lead us to Him and then lead us home to be with Him. We trust His heart, His plans, His faithfulness.

    Thanks, Lisa …

  6. I know I read this post before and commented but today, it was just as meaningful to me. So here I am again. The post reminded me of my reading recently in Genesis where Abram and Lot separate. The difference between the two came down to personal choices. Lot chose based on what his eyes could see rather than thinking of Abram or asking God which He would have him to select. May we choose wisely, asking God for guidance (Guide is my one word 2023). And Keith Green songs always bring a powerful and timeless message! Blessings to you, Lisa!

  7. Lisa, such a great post to re-visit for starting a new year. I often think of the narrow road as the road “less travelled”, because few there be that find it. But we do have a choice which road to take, and the one where we walk with the Savior is always the best!

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