Narrow roads are a challenge. We tend to slow down or worry we may not be able to fit through. What if a car comes from the other direction? How will we manage? Wide roads; however, do not cause this problem. We find them easy to maneuver and tend not to worry if a car comes from the other direction. We drive along with little effort required.
The same is true in life. The narrow way is usually the road less traveled as it’s more difficult. The wide way is where the majority goes. At first glance, it may seem like the wide way makes more sense. It’s easier, there’s more room, and plenty more company. But God’s ways are higher than our ways and he has this to say about the narrow and wide way in Jesus’ s very own words:
“Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it. But the gate that
leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it”. Matthew 7.13-14
This is a hard teaching of Jesus for many of us. As God, he speaks from infinite wisdom and intelligence and sometimes it takes great effort to understand and know exactly what he means to say in his parables. Parables that are with us 2,015 years later still impacting lives in a grand way. That is part of the narrow way.