(Matthew 7:14) But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
I was standing on the trail watching the approaching hikers coming from the direction I planned to travel. As they approached, I asked them how the trail looked back in the direction from which they’d come. Each one looked weary and haggard, and most of them didn’t give me any useful information. Finally, an older gentleman stopped and smiled at me.
“Are you looking for information?” He asked.
“Yes, I replied. I’d like to know what’s ahead.”
He invited me to sit down on a nearby rock. Compared to the other travelers he looked surprisingly fresh. We sat down, and he began to share his knowledge of the trail.
“I’ve traveled this way many times. In the beginning, I just relied on my own abilities. It was always grueling. I made it through, but I always had some type of injury. The difference came when I met a man who changed my way of thinking. He actually changed my whole life. He showed me a better way. I was amazed when he showed me an alternate trail. It seemed so obvious. I was embarrassed that I’d missed it. The alternate trail was narrow, but it was much easier to traverse. Every time I came to a fork in the trail, he was right there to direct me.”
He paused to see my reaction. I must admit I was excited by the thought of an alternate trail. The one I was traveling on seem to lead to nowhere.
“Would you like to meet this man?” He asked me.
“Yes! I would. I’d like to discover this narrow way. Where can I find him?”
The older gentleman smiled, “He’s right here; let me introduce him to you.”