I do not know about you but it has been my experience that I have often had to travel on roads I'd rather not to be on.
I'm like Christian and Hopeful in John Bunyan's classic story, The Pilgrim's Progress. I don't like the sharp rocks and pitted ground. I prefer the grassy path which runs along side the road. At least, it appears to do so.
Cut and bruised, I reason within myself that the smooth path is much better. Surely the King does not want me to travel on the rough path. I forget that his hands and feet bear the marks of suffering themselves. I forget that the path I'm looking at may not lead me to the Celestial City but I can be certain the path He directs me to, will!
So, I climb over the fence and follow the grassy path for awhile. Ah... this is much better. I get so busy smelling the flowers, feeling the soft grass beneath my feet and listening to the birds that I don't realize I am no longer following the King's Highway. The path which seemed so clear a moment ago becomes littered with traps which threaten me. The blue sky clouds up and eventually I find myself attacked by the Giant Despair and thrown into the dungeon of Doubting Castle.
This wasn't the way it was supposed to be! Is God at fault or am I? Fortunately, He is faithful even when I am not. He hears my cries and delivers me but oh, what a price I pay! I endanger myself and others when I refuse to do things God's way.
The path God has chosen for me may also be littered with snares and thorns. I may fall and get cut and bruised but... He is with me every step of the way and while I don't understand the whys, I do understand that God loves me and I am in His hands. While the road may be rough and painful, the road without Him is far more rough and painful and... it leads to destruction. His road on the other hand leads to life and light!
"While the road may be rough and painful, the road without Him is far more rough and painful and... it leads to destruction. His road on the other hand leads to life and light!"
Amen. :) thanks for sharing! indeed it's true. sometimes we think that our own ways can keep us from pain.. we didn realized that though sometimes GOD's ways make us experience pain.. it's still is the best way.
Trust and Obey.. there's no other way..
those other ways?.. well, they lead us to destructions.
GOD bless! :)