Monday, April 4, 2011

The Journey

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matt 7:13-14 (ESV)

Good morning family. In our history there is a time period when there was a push westward to open up new lands and new possibilities. Young couples joined the wagon trains in hopes of getting land of their own. One such group ran into a band of Indians and a fight ensued. All the men lost their lives. Miraculously the women escaped. After burying their husbands, the women decided that going back was not an option. So, they loaded up their belongings into one wagon and continued their journey. These women had a lot of grit and determination. Eventually the wagon failed and the horse died. They had to go through their belongings to see what they could carry. By this point they had already lost their husbands and most of their belongings. They looked over their things and chose the most precious things to them to carry on their backs. When they got into the mountains they were tired, weary and very discouraged but they pushed forward. Somewhere up in the mountains they ended up in a crag. The passage was so small they had to make a choice. Either drop the rest of their treasures and squeeze through the passage or go back. In a final push they decided to drop everything they held dear and squeeze through the hole. Not long afterwards they were out of the mountains and found an Army outpost. They were the first women to travel alone and successfully get to the other side all because they were willing to lay it all down up in the crag. Can you imagine?

I have pictured that scene many times in my mind. I want to be like those women! Jesus told his followers that the road to Hell is easy and wide. That easy part just puts a smile on my face. Easy, that is what Jesus says that path is. If you and I never have to make tough decisions and just float through life then it is easy, no ruffled feathers, no challenges. I like to call that a charmed life.

Of course there are always two sides of a coin. The other journey is hard, sometimes really hard and because it is hard few will find it. Like those women who journey through the mountains to a new land we also journey to a new land. We will have to make the same decision those women made. The road gets very narrow. We will find ourselves in that crag with a decision to make. Do we drop it all so we can get through, or is our “treasures” just too precious to lay down?

Sweet sister, what are you carrying right now that will simply not fit in that crag? What do YOU have to drop to get through? Think about it. You are in my prayers today.

God Bless


"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "oh crud, she's up"

1 comment:

  1. Just what I needed to read this morning! Thank you for your Spirit-led words, Jill! kjs :O)