Today my husband and I went on a very long nature hike. When we started our hike we were on a broad path. At the beginning that was our only option. Then we got to a place on our hike where we could continue on the broad path or choose the narrow path. The broad path is the path most people take. It’s safer and easier. The narrow path is the road less traveled as they say. There are a lot more obstacles along this path and also more potential danger. It’s definitely not the easy way. We chose the narrow path. We were looking for adventure.
I was fortunate to have my husband with me. There were a lot of times that he had to help me over obstacles or offer a hand for support. We even met some nice strangers on the path that pointed us in the right direction and warned us that things were about to get a lot tougher. You see, they had traveled that way before so they knew exactly what was ahead. That is always helpful.
Along the way, we ran into a lot of spider webs. If we were paying attention we could avoid them but sad to say we weren’t always paying attention. I even got bit by a giant ant. Ouch! There were also plenty of ups and downs. Some might call them hills and valleys.
By the end of our hike we were so happy it was over. We had a great time but we were dirty, sweaty from head to toe, our feet hurt and we were exhausted. Thankfully we had brought a change of clothes for the trip home. In the end, we never regretted taking the narrow path but we were glad that it was over and happy to be going home.
Our hike today reminded me of our lives. We are all born in sin and all start out on the broad path. Mathew 7:13 calls the broad path the path that leads to destruction. Then we come to a place in our lives where we can choose to stay on the broad path or choose another path. The bible calls that other path the narrow path. That path leads to eternal life and only a few choose it (Mathew 7:14).
Staying on the broad path is the most popular way. It’s full of pleasure and sin. It’s the easy route. We just kind of go with the flow. We have a “whatever feels good do it” kind of mentality.
Taking the narrow path isn’t quite as popular. We’re not going with the crowd. We’re going with God and usually, that way isn’t the easiest way but it is an adventure. If we choose the narrow path we’re on our way to eternal life but there are a lot of trials and tribulations along the way. That path is filled with a lot of self-denial, service, and humility. It’s definitely not for the faint at heart. But it’s also filled with a lot of love, joy and peace and who doesn’t want that?
Along the narrow path there are others that are walking alongside us. They are going through the same trials that we are going through. They support us with prayer and encouragement. Also, there are those on the path to point us in the right direction with a scripture, sermon or song. They may warn us that things are going to get a lot tougher but they will also encourage us by letting us know that through Christ we can do all things as He strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
There are plenty of webs to get caught up in. Webs of temptations, offense or self-pity. Not all webs are the same but they are all tricky and sticky. If we keep our spiritual eyes open and are vigilant and alert we will see them and can avoid them. In Mathew 26:41 Jesus says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
There are also lots of hills and valleys in life on the narrow path. These hills and valleys are also on the broad path. The good part about the ones on the narrow path is that though we walk through the valley our Good Shepherd is with us and we are not alone (Psalm 23:4).
Along our journey on the narrow path, we experience a lot of bumps and pains along the way. But it’s all worth it in the end. They are all reminders of God’s faithfulness to bring us through the tough times and they all serve a purpose.
At the end of our journey we get to exchange our dirty, sweaty, stinky sin clothes for a clean robe of righteousness washed in the blood of Jesus. Then we get to go home; our real home. This earth is not our home, we are just journeying through on the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
John 14:2-3 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will came back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”