I believe most have heard the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, by Robert Frost. If not, I urge you to find a copy, (it’s easy online, just do a search for the title). For those who have already read it, I have a question. Does it sound just a little bit familiar? Is there anything in the Bible that might relate to this poem? Let’s look at the last stanza: “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 1920 Now let’s look at part of The Sermon the Mount: “13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,and there are many who go by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7: 13 – 14 (NKJV) Now,I do not know if Mr Frost was referring to the narrow gate and way when he wrote these lines and those which preceed it, but they do have many great paralells. The road he took was less travelled than the other. Once on that path,he realized that it probably was just as rough passing as the other. The narrow way to Christ, is also less travelled. Unfortunately, the world will take the easy, wide path whivch leads to destruction. Christ tells us that the road will be difficult, as the road most of the world choses. The difference for us, is that we know we have Christ with us to help and support us on our way.
When Frost was looking at the two, he longed to take both, but decided on the less traveled because it appeared more inviting to his eye. As we stand before the gate, and we look at both paths, we too have taken the one which is more appealing because we know it leads to Christ and everlasting life. Of course that way is more appealing.
Once on the path, Frost decided He might want to one day return and try the other path, but knew in his heart he would not. Have their not been times,we may have wondered what we have missed? Have we not been tempted to return to the wide, worldly path? But we have stayed the course,and know we will never return to the other path. The last lines are the ones I find the most rewarding. He took the one less traveled by and that made all the difference in his life. We have chosen the narrow, less travelled path,and that has made all the difference in our lifes. As children of God, we know, and Christ has told us, that life as His child will not be easy. It will be difficult and hard at times. We will endure many trials and tribulations and persecutions as followers of the living Christ. We have the joy of His love and grace and mercy, as well as His guidance and support along the way. WE CHOSE THE LESS TRAVELED BY, AND IT DOES TRULY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!


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