When you’re driving somewhere and you come to a fork in the road, what do you do? For me, if I clearly know where I’m going, like when I come to the fork in the road that leads to my parent’s house, I choose the road the is familiar to me. I choose the road that takes me to my destination the quickest. However, if it is a road that is unfamiliar to me, I look for road signs or follow the directions of my GPS to get me to my destination.
So how do we know the right path to follow in life?
In many cases, it isn’t the path we’re most familiar with taking. The familiar path may lead to destruction or harm. Just because we’re familiar with a road doesn’t mean it’s the path we need to be taking. If it leads to harm, we’d be crazy to continually go that way. It is said the definition of insanity is,
doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.”
But sometimes the pull down that path is strong and hard to battle.
Yesterday, I was privileged to sit with a group of survivors of sex trafficking and hear a portion of one girl’s testimony. She was sharing with those who were starting their journey of freedom because she had walked that path several years ago. I was so honored that she trusted us enough to peel back the curtain and share some of her raw struggles coming out of the life. She was vulnerable, yet strong. Her face lit up like a Christmas tree when she said,
The consequences of the right road are magical compared to the consequences of the wrong road.”
She shared how the path wasn’t necessarily an easy one to take, but it was worth the effort. Another listening chimed in and said,
To go down the right road may be bumpy at times, but it’s still the right road.”
I immediately thought of Matthew 7:13-14,
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
They were speaking truth. It wasn’t just words on a page for them. They had walked it and knew it to be true.
We’ve all taken the wide gate and the broad road at times, some of us more often than others. Thankfully, the Lord gives us a map [the Word of God] and a GPS [the Holy Spirit] to call out to us and direct us down the right path. He tells us which direction to go when we come to a fork in the road. When we choose to follow His voice, it still may be difficult terrain to cross at times, but it will be magical.
What path are you on today? Do you need to change directions? All you have to do is consult your GPS [Holy Spirit] and He will recalculate the way you should go. It’s a promise!
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 31:8