Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Fork in the Road

Rom 5:3-5
 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

I’m not a fan of hardship and suffering. In fact if given the choice I’d avoid both as often as the entrance to the path of avoidance was accessible.

Sometimes the access route to the path of avoidance is closed. No one likes their access route blocked off. Yet from a spiritual and maturational standpoint this block presents an opportunity to grow and develop important character traits that cannot not and will not develop in our lives until we pass through the fire of affliction and suffering on the road less traveled.

Robert Frost in his poem The Road Not Taken wrote the following:
 Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I wonder why Robert Frost chose the road less traveled when the well traveled road was open and available. He tells us that taking the road less traveled was the correct choice. The Bible says this about the well-traveled road:

 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
(Proverbs 16:25)

Each of us are confronted with many forks in the road. We must chose between the well traveled or less traveled road. The well-traveled road frequently seems right, simply because it’s the path the majority of people choose.

In my 60 years I’ve traveled down both roads and I’ve watched others travel down both roads. More often than not the well traveled road ends exactly the way the Bible says it will, with death.

I’ve seen marriages of 30 plus years end in divorce, when the road less traveled offered a pathway to reconciliation. I’ve seen families torn apart for decades when the road less traveled offered a pathway to forgiveness and restoration. I’ve known young women who trade their virginity in exchange for a few kind words when the road less traveled involves fighting the culture and waiting to enjoy sex in the context of marriage.

Right now you might be faced with a fork in the road. Which will you choose?

Robert Frost said it well, when he said:
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

If you don't believe God, perhaps you'll believe Robert Frost.