Where did that expression come from? Walk the straight and narrow. It generally refers to someone who may have walked the crooked and broad in their lifetime. Throughout the bible there are references to our walk and our choices if we are to walk with God. We choose the narrow gate, follow the path of righteousness. Joshua was told; “Do not turn from it to the right or left, that you may be successful.”
Some of us have our personal view of what success might be, and consider that it has little to do with right or left, and all to do with reaching our personal goals. Simple thought has proposed “The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job”. My wife would say, amen! Others might say; “Succeed I must, even if means a dead millionaire at fifty”. There are those who would place fame and recognition at the top of the list. Erma Brombeck said;” Don’t confuse fame with success… One is Madonna, the other is Helen Keller”.
Does some of this miss the point? Jesus would place our goal, our destination, totally outside of our personal desires, and miles from any criteria set by men. Theologians preach that we must first find God’s heart for us; that our destination should be life everlasting. Worthy advise, but can our focus be entirely that distant goal. Should we wait in constant study and preparation and anticipation of a final reward?
God anticipates our “coming ” not only our arrival. He delights in our joys along the way and moves us through our wanderings. He already knows all about every arrival just as He knows about every beginning. What we “do” from here- to- there shapes us into convincing and worthy travelers who have been graced by the company of others. We all have traversed through light and darkness, and all under the view and council of the Holy Spirit who plans our days with us every morning. He registers surprise along with us when it takes an ugly turn….. yet, He smiles that we are just having another mid-term exam.
God must have reason to say “well done” for it was in the doing not the dreaming by which we are measured. He might well say then; “How many did you bring with you?” One might say; “As many as the Spirit willed. So much is not in our hands. So much can slip through our fingers.” …………. One may only be half right in that assumption.