LENT DAY 5
Two Roads By Tori Wallace
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ Robert Frost
“I shall be telling this with a sigh”
I am not saying that I understand the mind of Robert Frost when he wrote this poem, but if I was him, and I was speaking years later about my decision to take the road less travelled by, maybe I would have also been telling it “with a sigh.” Because taking the road less travelled by in life is VERY hard. It is succession of doing the right thing instead of the easy thing; over, and over again. Jesus says it best when he explains it this way: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matt 7:13)
When I look back on my life, I know that I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I think that God blessed me with an unwillingness to back down, or sell out for the cheap things of this world simply because they were attractive and easy.
My first memory of this was from the sixth grade. Up until this point, I had a lot of friends. I went to sleepovers; I had people to sit with at lunch. Life was predictable. But in the sixth grade (or earlier) girls learn a very particular skill: they learn how to be mean. Since I was slow to learn this skill, I became the target. I lost all my friends. I was bullied everyday, and I would go home to my mom and cry and ask “why don’t they like me anymore?” Deep down, I knew that if I were to become mean, and play along with their games, I could probably win all my friends back. But something always stopped me from doing this. Looking back now I think that even at a young age God was speaking to me, telling me whose image I was made in. I entered through the narrow gate that led to living life God’s way. And even though time after time throughout my life I have been tempted to take the road MORE travelled, I knew in my heart that THAT way would lead to the destruction of the person God created me to be.
My point, I suppose, is this: know whose image you’re made in, and let that be enough. Choose the road less travelled by. Even though it is much more difficult, even though it will call you out of your comfort zone, even when it leads to losing your friends. Though it’s difficult, it will lead you to LIFE; it will lead you to become a strong person of character. It will lead you to becoming exactly who God has created you to be.
Even though we might get to the end of our life and “say it with a sigh”, taking the road less travelled by will make ALL the difference. It has for me.