ATB 51 The Road Less Traveled

Being a child from what today’s generation would call the dark ages I can recall many a road trip that our family took as we went to visit relatives. There was on the part of my sister and I a sense of excitement as we awoke on the morning of leaving. Truth
be told the previous night neither one of us could hardly sleep.

I can recall us leaving early those mornings on our trips. My father it seemed had a real passion about leaving around 430 to 500 in the mornings for our trips. The trips usually started out well. My sister and I were excited as we started down the road on the way to finally get to see our relatives. But as is the case with many a child we both would
invariably being to grow restless.

First of all we wondered why was the road that we were traveling on so empty? We felt like we were the only ones on the road. I must admit it seemed like forever before we saw other cars traveling the same road that we were. I remember one time asking my father why it was that there was nobody but us on that road. I recall him saying that from the point of us leaving so early in the morning that for a major part of our journey we would be pretty much alone. He mentioned ours would be a road less traveled.

I also remember my father and I discussing the road that we would travel. On more than one occasion it felt like when others were taking a more popular route we would take a road that was almost empty. Upon asking him why I will never forget his response. He said just because a road is traveled by many does not mean that it is always the right road.

In looking back over my life I am going to assume that I am just like other people. Each of us have moments from our lives where an event or something will stick with us throughout our time. But one of the most amazing aspects about such things is the essence of God bringing them back to our remembrance for a time and season when we need them the most.

The Road Less Traveled. Four words spoken more than a generation ago that now come full circle. Very often what would at first glance appear to be something insignificant turns out to be a moment in time that God will use to bring to each of us a deeper and more intimate meaning.

The Road Less Traveled. As Christians on this road of life we are going to be challenged on a daily basis to follow a road. What will determine the road that each of us travel will be the choices that we make.

The roads traveled by many in this world are ones of great congestion. Roads that at times seem to be bumper to bumper. Road signs along these paths that perhaps have a mile marker that reads being popular. Being about that life that keeps you in the
mix for all that is happening within said popular culture. Or maybe along that same road some will be drawn to a mile marker that says it’s all about me. A mile marker that for some will be the essence of what life means and is for them all that really matters. And perhaps that mile marker called material possessions as such will be where more and more of the world will seek as their defining destination.

Indeed the road traveled by the many will be crowded. It will more often than not be a road that while it appears to be the right road will in fact turn out to be the wrong road.
Proverbs 14:12 reminds us of the fact that there is a way that appears to be right. But as I have learned at times the hard way in my Christian journey, appearances can be deceiving. As my mother used to say, don’t believe everything you see.

The world would have us to believe that the road it follows is the correct one. And these days it seems that the world would insist that the road well traveled is in fact the only road.

One thing that I have found in life that is 100% true is this; the road traveled by those who have Christ as the head of their lives will be truly the road less traveled. With each passing day it seems that this particular road is becoming less and less traveled. It will be a road that at times will cause us to wonder is there anybody else besides us traveling that road?

This road that we will choose to follow will find us being viewed as peculiar. We will certainly hear questions as to what we are doing and more importantly why we are following the road that we do. And as well there will be times when we will be mocked for doing so.

But in response I am reminded of the words from Isaiah 35:8 declaring that the road that we will travel is called the Highway of Holiness. It is not a road that everyone will travel. It will also be a road that is hard to follow. But we know that though the road will be rough and at times cause us to wonder if it is worth it we must keep to heart the fact that we are not alone. The promise of our Savior is that we will not be forsaken. Nor will we find that in the end that our commitment will go unrewarded.

The Road Less Traveled. Yes indeed we will find fewer on this road of holiness. Yes we will find ourselves being the exception rather than the rule. But for those whose decide that this is the highway at they will remain true to, we are assured that at the end of the
road of holiness, at the conclusion of life itself great is our faithfulness and great will be our reward.

To God Be the Glory
Alan T. Black

About dupree73

I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk. As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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