Yesterday Chancey and I, along with our daughter Myra, began our first adventure of the summer. As we were driving I noticed the different road conditions quickly. I noticed how they changed my awareness level and comfort level. When we were on the wide, smooth roads, I relaxed and looked around more, became distracted easier. Honestly, I kind of liked it. Until, I would have to swerve back into the lane after hitting the noise makers the DOT installed to keep you in your lane. Quite the opposite feeling on the narrow, rough roads. I was alert and more aware due to the perceived increased risk of bad things happening (tire issues, other drivers on the road, lane drifting). I was more focused and less distracted. My eyes were on the road and checking both mirrors, both my hands were on the wheel. Honestly, it was more intense.
After arriving at our destination, I looked back at our journey and realized that all those hazards I spoke about with the narrow, rough road were not gone when we were on the wide, smooth road; but were ignored because I was comfortable and relaxed. Boy am I glad nothing happened to us when my focus was lessened by the smooth road.
I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:13-14 about the road to eternal life. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” In this passage Jesus tells us it’s much easier to take the wide, smooth road which leads to destruction. Then He says the road to life is narrow and rough.
I believe the narrow road has its purpose. We are all more focused and aware of our surroundings when we are on a narrow, rough road. Just like Chancey and me when we are hauling the camper on the narrow road, I was at the top of my driving skills game. So are you, when faced with the narrow path, you’re aware and focused. We are all able to see the dangers around us. When on the wide road we will be relaxed, unguarded and vulnerable to the dangers coming at us.
When our journey to our first destination was over, I felt very satisfied in the work I put in while on those narrow roads. I was also a little disappointed in how un-focused I was on the wide road. Lesson learned. Thank you, Jesus for giving us the narrow road, so that we are aware of the dangers and we are focused on the road that leads to our ultimate destination…Life! My prayer is that in life you remain on the narrow road no matter how tempting it is to take the wide road.