Even our GPS seemed perplexed...
My husband and I had been winding our way down and around country roads for close to a half hour. We could see our destination marked on the GPS system, but when we got to where we thought we could get to it, there was no road.
We made a right and traveled on what we thought was the correct road, but it didn't lead to our destination. Frustrated, we turned the car around as a few cows lazily munched on grass and looked at us curiously.
We made another pass by and still we couldn't find the way in. Finally, creeping along the main road, we saw a narrow gravel road leading off the road we were on, into the tall oaks. It looked like the proverbial "road to nowhere." We decided to follow it out of utter curiosity.
We wound around a few curves in the road, going deeper into the mix of pines and oaks, until we finally came upon a narrow gate. The sign read, "Lavender Oaks Farm." We'd found it!!
Five hundred feet on ahead, the gravel road opened up to reveal a gorgeous lavender farm that was beginning it's spring bloom and burst into beauty. What a gorgeous oasis out in the middle of nowhere.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
I have had to ask the Lord to open my eyes to the emptiness of this world - the broad road.
One of the allures of the wide road is self focus.
Yes, we need to take good care of God's temple - our body - but there is a shallowness to the whole booming business of self-care and self-pampering. I love a good massage as much as the next person, but when my spiritual tank is empty, instead of a mani-pedi, I need to get into God's word and hang out with Him for a good stretch of time.
Those that seem to "have it all" often die unhappy, unfulfilled, and separated from God.
Another allure of the wide road is idolatry.
The world idolizes actors, actresses, models, singers, and sports figures. There is a big difference, however, between fame and success. I pray that I will not be tempted by the wide road that leads to destruction.
Instead of idolizing the shiny new car in my neighbor's driveway or how perfect her kids appear to be, I need to focus on thanking God for what and who He has put in my life. Gratitude is a great cure for the green-eyed monster.
In my life, I want to be continually transformed into the likeness of Christ.
The real purpose of life is not to be "entertained," but to walk with the Lord and serve Him and serve others.
In my quiet time, I found this profound and alluring piece of scripture that I don't remember reading before. It really spoke to me about finding the narrow road to life.
In it, it refers to a narrow road that is called "The Holy Way". I invite you to read it slowly and take it in:
A road will be there and a way;
It will be called the Holy Way.
The unclean will not travel on it,
but it will be for the one who walks the path.
Fools will not wander upon it.
There will be no lion there,
and no vicious beast will go up on it;
they will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk on it,
and the redeemed of the Lord will return
and come to Zion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee.
(Isaiah 35: 8-10)
Dear Heavenly Father, enable me to find the small gate and the narrow road that leads to life. I know only a few will find it. Help me to not be lured by self focus and idolatry and all the other shiny things the world has to offer. When my spiritual tank is empty, let me come and drink from your springs of life. Let me have a thirst for your Holy Word. What a glorious road it will be into Zion. No sin, no beasts will walk upon it. Fools will be turned away and only the redeemed made righteous in Christ's blood will find it. What joy and gladness will overtake me and my tears will be wiped away forever. Thank you...in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
What about you? How does the world lure you away from "The Holy Way"? How is God calling you to redirect/change your ways in order to find the narrow road to life? How does this scripture speak to you, personally? Will you share?
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