07 Mar The Narrow Path
THE NARROW PATH
“Enter ye at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.(Matthew 7:13-14)
Compliments of the season. It’s a great day no doubt. There is love and joy in the air. I decided to share this interesting story with you, so come along with me. It will bless your life.
Nancy and I were going to be home alone that night, and we had a special evening planned, so I was looking forward to it. On the way to the airport, I was on a road curving around the rim of a foothill in Santa Barbara, and I came to an intersection where Laura had said I needed to turn left to get to the airport. But that was a narrow little road. I was on a big broad road curving around the mountain and could see the Pacific Ocean in all its immense beauty. So I said to myself “I will take the broad way. If I go on that narrow road, I’ll lose all this beauty. I want to take the scenic route. “that way seemeth right to me”.
So I went on .The broad road kept curving and twisting not getting me where I needed to go. The clock was ticking: I could miss my flight. A little voice inside me said, Turn around. Take the narrow road.
I said, “I’d feel like an idea”
The little voice said, you are an idiot.
I knew better. But I would not turn around. Sheer pride. Stubbornness
The clock was ticking.
I got to the airport. I was racing by now. The ticket agent said to me, “Sorry. The gate has been shut. The doors are locked. The plane’s leaving. You’ve been left behind”
There was weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. No matter how hard I gnashed them, that plane was not coming back. (Extract from the book. “When The Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In The Box” by John Ortberg, 2007, Zondervan, India)
We have a lot to learn from this real life experience. What is key in life is repentance or simply put a change of heart when one realizes that one is heading towards destruction. God always allow a man to make a U-turn. He wants you to get to your destination, ask Him to guide and lead you. The end is better than the beginning. With or without life euphoria, examine yourself. Ask yourself the pertinent question, who is in charge, you or God? Don’t just answer the question in a hurry. It is my prayer that in the journey of life, we will all end well in Jesus name.