The Road Less Traveled

The possibility of two roads demanding our choice of one is an old concept.
M. Scott Peck (1936-2005) wrote “The Road Less Traveled” using Frost’s theme for his title.
Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” contains the line “Yes, there are two paths you can go by…”
Jesus also said there are two paths from which we may choose. One is broad and leads to destruction; the other is narrow and             leads to life. (Matt. 7:13-14)
The Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu scriptures written at least two centuries before Christ, describes two paths to gain emancipation.   (One is better than the other.)
Jesus also said, “I am the way…” (John 14:6)

While all Christians acknowledge that Jesus is the way, most stop at a point in time–the time they “got saved,” not realizing that   He said He was the ‘Way’–not just a point at the crossroads.
Sincere Christians then begin to walk one of two paths, neither of which is the way to complete salvation/emancipation.

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Jesus Was an Anti-social Rebel

Check for images of Jesus on Google, and the plethora of possibilities is quite pronounced. Each of them, including the photos of actors portraying the Son of Man, is different. There was a certain tendency, however, until modern times, to portray Him as somber and/or soft. Most of the religious imagery until the 20th century falls into this category.
Sadly, our concept of the man is often colored by the images we’ve seen, rather than by the Book we’ve read.

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Dry Places

2 Peter 3:9a   The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, …

Moses spent 40 years on the backside of the desert–a dry place–waiting to hear from God. Took God that long to get Moses ready for the work he was called to do.

The nation Israel spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness–a dry place–waiting to get to the promised land. Took God that long to get them ready to conquer the inhabitants.

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness–a dry place–waiting to hear from God. The only voice He heard was that of Satan.

Although we know that the Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, it does seem that He tends to take forever when we are the ones doing the waiting. Once I’ve gone more than a few days without hearing from the Lord or sensing His presence, I would usually begin to question even my salvation.

I am once again in a dry place–and I sense that there are many others also in the same experience.

The dry places will do one of two things for us:

1. We will either dry up and blow away, or

2 We will send our roots down deeper looking for water.

As for me, I no longer question the mind of the Lord. I will send my roots down deeper and wait for Him.

How about you?

NOTE: after posting this today, I came across another post with a video that relates to our struggle. Check out the video by Tenth Avenue North on this blog.