The Road Less Traveled
“Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord”.
Robert Frost wrote a narrative and autobiographical poem titled, “The Road Not Taken”. A few lines went like this: “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...”.
Society often calls two roads diverging a “y” in the road. It is a place in a person's life where they need to make a decision that may greatly impact their future, and also test the desires of their heart. Rob Machado stated: “We dream of the perfect wave, the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect love, and when we get there, we dream of something else, and the journey goes on”. Then along comes two dissimilar offers for two job positions.
As the person stands looking at the “y”, then observing one road they see it is well traveled by others, and they are beckoning you to travel alongside them. Quickly noticeable was worldly treasures that can be obtained because your salary will be increased which will support your “perfect” dreams. However as you steadily gaze you quickly see that the job does not offer your God-given passion.
The other road is grassy in spots, and not traveled upon as often. You stand in awe as you compare the stark difference between the two roads. The second road does not provide the salary for the worldly treasures or the longtime dreams. However, very rapidly you recognize that your God-given passion is waiting there for you.
This type of decision is difficult to make. You are facing the likeness of the two diverging roads in the poem; you cannot take both job opportunities, and you must make a choice. Which “y” in the road do you follow? Do you give into the worldly treasures and “perfect” dreams? Or do you give into your God-given passion, and pursue the road less traveled? Ask yourself which road God wants you to travel. Romans 12:2 states: “Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed” (Phillips).
The disciples arrived at a “y” in the road when Jesus came to them. They appeared to be comfortable on their current road, however they had to choose between the two divergent roads when Jesus said to them: “follow Me”. The disciples chose to give up the road of worldly treasures and “perfect” dreams to follow Jesus.
After you have made your choice of which divergent road you are going to travel, Colossians states: “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”.
Christians can be assured that if they chose the grassy, less traveled road they will find their God-given passion, and the treasures such as mercy; love; kindness; humility; goodness; and patience, along with Jesus, will travel along with them.
Lord God, thank You for helping us to understand what You want us to do. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington