Pathways


I just returned from a vacation.

That means that I was involved in some travel. I was “on the road again” as a famous country singer once sang. Trips make me remember:

I love roads, paths, lanes, etc.!

I love scenes like the one above!

Or this one!

Or, one like this.

Roads, paths, trails – they all speak to me of life and adventure.

As I vacated, I also went down another pathway that’s beloved in our age:

The Expressway.

We love the expressway because of its two primary advantages:

  1. You get to your destination as fast as you can.
  2. You encounter few obstacles along the way.

Of course, when the goal is to get somewhere as fast as you can with as few stops as possible, you will have many others on the same road. This can cause another expressway phenomenon: the traffic jam.

My definition of a traffic jam: a bunch of angry people together because of an unfulfilled promise of ease and safety!

It’s kind of like life.

People are rushing to get where they want to go with as little interruption as possible, and its inevitable – someone breaks down.When they do, we often forget that they are on the same path as we and, instead of feeling compassion, we just want them to get out of the way!

Here’s another random thought:

We all dream of being a trailblazer: boldly going where no man has gone before. Yet most paths that we travel down are paths for this reason: someone has been there before! There’s nothing wrong with paths or trails, especially since most of us proclaim to be heading toward the same “destinations”.

First of all, you know a path is going “somewhere”. There is some type of destination at the end. Maybe its not the one you planned on, but still, at the end, there is  a clearing, an opening, a home!

Secondly, a path contains a journey.

Someone took that path for a reason. Was it created for comfort, speed, and little interruption. Of, was it created for the experience it provided as you traveled: the scenery, serenity, etc.

I live close to Old Bankhead Highway. It was one of the first, if not the first road to cross the country. It was called State Highway 1! That should tell you something!

Here’s a picture of State Highway 1 today. You don’t take this road for speed or lack of interruptions. If that’s your goal, the expressway runs about a half mile away. You take Bankhead for the adventure! For something else that we long for when we travel: meaningful moments to remember! Serenity now!!!

Robert Frost wrote a famous poem about a path:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

All this to say: You don’t choose a path because it is fast and easy. You choose a path to get somewhere, of course – but, you also choose a path for what it will bring you on the journey!

Jesus knew a few things about travel. He was the first space traveler. He came from heaven to earth. He was the first time traveler. He came from all eternity past to be present in the now. He had the following to say about the path:

“Broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matt. 7:13-14

Take time to ask yourself, “What road am I on?”

Enjoy the journey and get to the right destination!

“This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

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