I wasn’t sure what direction to take the Ash Wednesday devotion and before I knew it I was reading poetry instead. True, however even that can offer divine inspiration.
Take, for example, Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. He speaks of two roads, he has to make a decision. One is well traveled and the other not so much. He decides to take other one, grassy and overgrown, later saying this choice of path has transformed his life.
It seems to me that Christians are also on a road. This one toward the will of God. During Lent and every day our path may be well-worn, may look hardly used, or may even appear neglected. We might be going down a road, but not one that leads us to the empty tomb and the good news of the resurrection. We may not be heading toward a life-giving encounter with the risen Jesus, but down a road of glitter, flashing lights, nostalgic memories, and the old sweet songs that we like to hear. We may be on the path of temptation, a path the world tells us will bring us happiness and joy.
The Road Not Taken beckons the reader away from the world’s path, offering a very different destination. We’re able to take this road full of challenges and temptations with courage and grace because we know that God is always with us. Where is God making a path for you?
Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173536