If you have ever had to ask someone for directions, you know how confusing it can be. “Oh, you go about four houses down, then, see the tractor in the field that is for sale. After you pass that for sale sign, you will see a curve in the road, but don’t follow the curve, go straight on down until you see the white two story house with the front yard that is fenced in. You may see horses out in the field, beside it, but don’t turn until you go past two more houses, then, turn left at the fork in the road. If you don’t make that turn you will end up at a dead end, and all you can do is turn back and start over.”
And so you try to follow the directions, but so many extraneous details try to clutter your thinking. And so, it is with life.
13 Enter ye in 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:
14 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
When the Lord is directing our steps he delivers a clear and concise plan for us to follow. The problem is that we don’t always take the Lord at his word, and we think we know a much better way. Our path is wide and clear, not filled with any disappointments, or instructions to commit our lives to him. Sure we can go our own way and maybe even arrive at our destination, unscathed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we have followed the Lord’s explicit directions.
Perhaps you were so intent on taking the easy way, that you didn’t even get the opportunity to talk to that person the Lord purposely put in your path to witness to. You could have made a difference; (I know it sounds so cliche; we hear it all the time, until we don’t really listen anymore.)
To build a relationship with Jesus Christ, we may need to take a different route than what we are comfortable with, but it is necessary to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives: to be obedient.