You know how you are walking or biking down a new trail that you have never been on before and you come to that literal “fork in the road”?
If you are an adventurer like me, this is an exciting moment! “Two choices instead of one! My little adventure just got twice as exciting!”
I remember last year my wife and I were driving around some back roads of a national park, and we kinda got lost.
It was exciting however because we were in the mood to get “lost” even though we had a map and we knew we could find our way back if we needed.
It was fun.
Either path was about the same and generally took you back to the main public roads at a similar point.
Life also has paths. People today say, “There are many paths and they’re all good, they all generally get you to the same location – so what’s the big deal?”
Jesus said there were ultimately only two paths – two ways. With two gates. And he said they couldn’t be more different. (Matthew 7:13-14)
One way is wide and many take that path and it leads to destruction. Then Jesus said the other path is narrow, few take it, and it leads to life.
This Sunday I will be speaking in church at Rochester Assembly about these two paths and how in high school and just after graduation, I underestimated the seducing power of the path of destruction. I also realized some of my friends were going down with me.
I had been spared certain death twice. Also I was literally rescued out of a river as I floated face down in the water after passing out from over-intoxication – and I was selected to drive us home!
Home was an hour drive. I got home finally after dropping off my drunk friends and laid in my bed, and squeezed on to the sides for fear I would fly off because my room was spinning about 100 mph! I have yet to find a ride at Disney that can equal the speed of that spinning bed!
I knew I was in trouble. I was depressed and unfulfilled and addicted.
Ultimately God spared me miraculously and in a moment my life was transformed as God met me in the middle of my hopelessness.
Soon after, I found a small group of people who had chosen the narrow path to life as well. For the next several years we were to walk that journey together and see amazing and wonderful things beyond my wildest imaginations.
But I never forget the power and addictive connection that the path of destruction had on my life.
I do not judge those who are caught in that path. It is wide, most people are on it, and it takes a miracle to be set free from it’s grasp!
Until next time!