BY: BRITNEY PALMA
BIBLE TEXT: “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” –Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: How do we know what path we are on? What are the indicators of a broad and curvy road that twist and turns to our every emotion or feelings? Is it possible to find the rocky, narrow corridor which is the only route to an unblemished oasis? These words spoken by the Lord are very clear and direct. There is only one way, and that one way is not a casual stroll in the park. The narrow path is a test of endurance. There is no wiggle room while you inch your way through the chiseled rocks. Once you have managed to squeeze through the crevices, you may have a moment to rest but only to begin to climb. You have to climb the cliffs with faith, holding tight to the Rock. Though your fingers may bleed and your sunglasses fall from your head to their doom, you have to keep climbing. When exhaustion arrives to cripple you and weakness tries to steal your determination, you crawl. You can keep moving because Someone has already left their footprints to guide you. He has given you every tool you need to complete the journey. He is the One who made the way for us. He is the One who calls us.
For those who feel they are capable on their own and have no need for a leader: please step aside. To the people who are afraid of getting their shoes dirty and their shirt snagged: you may back away. To the many who have placed their security in what feels safe: this is definitely not for you. Although ALL are capable, only few are willing to take the challenge.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: The wide road takes courage and turns it into compromise with ease. Integrity fades slowly into instability while you walk that seemingly smooth path. The narrow way may be difficult, but it is possible.
For what is a journey if it isn’t wrapped in adventure, and what is an adventure if it isn’t difficult?
PRAYER: Lord, You have never failed me. You have always shown me your love and faithfulness even when I failed you. I pray Lord that you give me hears to hear your voice, a heart that beats with desire, eyes fixed on you, and a will to continue. God, I thank you because your protection shields me from all of the unseen dangers. May my journey encourage others to place their trust in you. I may not know what my future holds, but you do. With all of my strength and heart, may I walk this journey out to it’s end, and I pray that it brings honor and praise to your holy name.
In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My name is Britney and I currently live in Hermitage. My husband, Andres, and I have 3 kids and a dog: Donavan,11, Chloe, 10, and Serenity, 8. Luna is our dog. She is a Lab/Husky mix. We love soccer and when it’s nice outside you can find us at the fields kicking the ball around. Other hobbies of mine are trying to cook, running in the early morning hours, reading, and just hanging out on the front porch with friends and family. Thank you for taking time to learn a little about me.