Matthew 7:13,14 – Enter ye at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV)
Upon picking up a friend for a much-needed walk, we set out for a store along a very busy road. It was rush hour. The fumes from the exhaust coupled with the noises of the boom-boxes, big trucks and general glut of traffic pounded our senses and sinuses.
We chose another route back. This one entailed a walk by just a bit of traffic, through a small outdoor mall, across the fair grounds where we watched a couple of young men kick a soccer ball around, along a wooded trail in a little forest, and back up some side roads. Either route would take us to and from our destinations; the latter though longer, being much easier and pleasant on our senses.
Our life's route can be one of constantly defying the odds and the elements. We can get caught up in the fast lane, tangled up in situations, allowing ourselves to be put in positions we'd really rather not be, surrounding ourselves with things that pollute our intended purpose in life. Then, exhausted by the "fumes" we choose another route.
When we decide to walk the route that Christ has chosen for us, it may seem longer or harder at times. It may seem a little "out of the way" compared to some around us, but He can make the hard times easier and with Him, it is more pleasant.
Prayer: Be with us Lord, in those times that we may be tempted to take the faster route, the "easier" route and the most travelled route. Help us to remember when we choose to travel the road which you have chosen for us, we are not travelling alone. In Your name we pray. Amen.