The narrow road

The Verse of the Day for June 9, 2018 is found in Matthew 7:13-14 (New Living Translation):

[The Narrow Gate] “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

The Amplified Bible renders the passage this way:

13 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.
14 But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.

This passage brings to mind comments I posted earlier this week on a blog discussing the power of poetry. Readers were asked to share their thoughts on the topic and talk about particular lines of poetry that impacted their lives. In response, I shared my introduction to poetry as a junior in high school when my English teacher required our class to memorize two poems: “Barter” by Sara Teasdale and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, both of which I committed to memory 60 years ago, and I still find them applicable today.

In a previous blog post, discussing today’s Verse of Day, I make reference to “the broad way” in contrast to “the narrow way” which I connect to “The Will of God.” Also I thought of another work where I refer to the Frost poem: “The Will of God: the Road Less Traveled By.”

When I say that the Will of God is the road less traveled, I recognize now more clearly than ever what that means in light of the poem that I first memorized years ago. Here is the poem that I wrote:

The Will of God: the Road Less Traveled by

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Road Not Taken
—Robert Frost

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person
by changing the way you think. Then you will learn
to know God’s will for you, which is good and
pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)

I begin again this year of my jubilee.
Reflecting on life’s journey, I cannot deny
That the will of God is the road less travelled by:
To choose to serve, even though having been set free.
The straight and narrow way I once again select.
I press on, still striving toward the highest good.
In this place we renew our covenant of blood,
Reassured that “As for God His way is perfect.”
I see clearly with new eyes where our paths have led.
In the midst of turbulent times I remain still,
Proving that good and acceptable and perfect will.
I look back, waiting in the now, then look ahead.
Each day God offers another chance to commence:
The choice to do God’s will makes all the difference.

To follow the Will of God is to decide which path you are going to take. Many times it is much easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. This anonymous poem gives us comfort and consolation when we decide to take the road less traveled by and follow God’s will, no matter where it takes us:

The Will of God
Author: Unknown

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears;
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

Rick Pino sings of “The Narrow Road,” a musical summation of today’s blog entry.

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2 Responses to “The narrow road”

  1. ponderosapapa Says:

    The road less traveled indeed. While our path is the only one that offers hope and life eternal, we must accept the fact that we will always be a minority voice. In fact, we are numerically an insignificant minority in a world of imitations and wannabes. The key eternal question us and will always be, “Who do you say that Jesus is?”.

    Blessings to you for your faithful sharing of truth from God’s word.

  2. Dr. J Says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate the encouragement and support.

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