By Kyle Rapinchuk
Many of you are probably familiar with the poem, “The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost. He talks about two roads that diverge in a wood, and he realizes that he cannot travel both, but must make a choice. Here is what he says,
“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.”
But notice what he says in the previous verse,
“Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back.”
Sometimes we forget this, but Frost had an idea that our choices rarely allow us to return to that previous time and redo them. When we reach a decision, such as which road to take, our decision may turn out to determine much more than our daily route, but perhaps our future. When Jesus tells us that there are two roads, we are called to take the one less traveled, and failure to heed his command at this moment may have devastating consequences, for we may never again be at such a place as this, at such a time as this, to make the decision to go down the correct path. Maybe you have already reached that fork; maybe you have already taken the wrong path. You never can go back and revise that choice. You made it, and you are and will deal with those consequences. But let me tell you some good news. The Bible tells us then when God’s word is preached, where truth is present, when you are confronted with the gospel, you are confronted again with that choice. And although you cannot go back and undo a previous choice, you can choose now to get on the right path. It may be a difficult walk through a thorny thicket, fighting and clawing your way to that road. But you can reach that road. You can get on the right path. You can follow Jesus as he leads you down the road that leads to life, rather than the one that leads to destruction.