I’m sure you all have heard of the famous Robert Frost poem, “The Road not Taken.” A part we always here is as follows:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
There is so much in this related to the path we travel in our faith and how we draw closer to God and where He is leading us in life. Each of us have a different path we take through life and have to make different choices along the way about which direction to go. What often gets missed is which path God wants you go down. Rather people see where the world is leading and tells them they should go and they take that road.
I always remember growing in Sunday School classes hearing about taking the rocky and dangerous road to God or the gold paved path to the Devil. That is such a real thing for us. It’s very easy to say, I want to take the way everyone says I should go. I’m going to jump into this career, I’m going to live here, I’m going to attend this college. All because it’s what’s expected of them. It seems like the easy path to success. It always makes it easy for you to drawn closer to things of this world that are not closer to God. It can draw you to easy indulgence and sin in any number of areas and can bring about addictions that are hard to shake because they make you feel good about yourself. All the while down this path you fade further away from God.
Then there is the other road. The one less traveled by. This one hits a number of bends and curves and obstacles along the way. People like to shy away from this path, because it seems so difficult. For 20 years of my life, I shied away from it. This is the path that leads to closer intimacy with God. It is not an easy path by any means and the world will pull you back time and again to go the straight and narrow. We have to make a choice in life, however of which road we will take.
One thing that many people will not do, which pulls them away from the winding path, is to trust God. So often throughout God’s word, we are shown were God went out of ahead of His people. He helped lead them to victory when they trusted and put their faith in Him. In my Scripture reading today, it talked about David defeating Goliath and how he put his full faith in God to help him prevail. Jesus went out ahead of His disciples as well and went ahead of us to prepare a place at the wedding feast. It is shown time again through God’s Word.
What does that tell you? Quite simply, you should put your full faith and trust in God. He will be there and will always move out ahead of you if you put your faith and trust in Him. Doesn’t mean the path will be easy. Like I mentioned, you will face obstacle after obstacle along the path. The world and Satan will constantly try to trip you up. You have to fully surrender and trust where God is leading you.
Trust me, it took me a long time to come to this realization. I followed the more expected path, other than getting married at 18 and starting my family so young. But I went to college and started a career. All the while, I was not letting God lead me. Now I get it. God is leading me on a wild adventure right now. It is filled with twists and turns, but it is so awesome to able to draw closer to His heart each day. Also getting to share my testimony and use that to testify to all of you about where He is leading me. I don’t know how far He’s going to take me. Could stay local, or this thing could go national or global. I don’t know. I don’t expect anything in return, but just trust in where He is leading me and leading me to share my story and the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I hope y’all will stay with me on this journey as we see where it goes. It’s going to be quite a ride. Sure the world will get in my way. It often does, but I am thankful I get to take the road less traveled to pave to hopefully lead others to Christ and to jump on the less traveled road themselves.