The road less traveled is an expression we hear all the time but what does that mean? I’m sure it means different things to different people. To me, it mesns the path of excellence, the high road, the way that seems harder but leads to great and unexpected rewards. It’s the way into the mystery of the unknown.
Let’s picture this road less traveled, shall we? Perhaps there is grass overgrowing the road and a gentle stream flowing beside it. We can almost hear the sounds of the bubbling brook and see the sun glistening down through the mighty trees while birds sing softly. Within a moment on this less traveled road, we are surrounded by its beauty. Just a short walk along the road and a sense of calm and peace arrive. It is nothing like the hustle and bustle of the roads more traveled but what a peaceful gem it is.
I believe our lives can seem like the road less traveled at times as we are presented with many opportunities and unfamiliar situations and have to decide what to do and which way to go. Should we go the way that is familiar or should we take a new and less comfortable path?
With a little faith and courage, we take the first step down an unfamiliar road and then follow it to where it leads while enjoying all the unexpected surprises along the way. Our initial anxiety and concern over the unfamiliar way lead to our peace and joy as we discover all the new and exciting things ahead.
This is how God guides our spiritual journey as well. A great description of God’s hand on our lives is found in Jeremiah 31.9 where he says, “Tears of joy will stream down their face and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble. ” This is a beautiful picture of God’s saving hand as he leads us hime to him. He is waiting. Why not take a new road today? It takes courage to go on this unfamiliar path but God himself is there waiting for you on the less traveled road into the mystery of the unknown. Here’s to finding your pathway today!