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Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

narrow gate1There is but one way. And it isn’t always easy. People always talk about nto being able to see the forest for the trees. Every time I hear that, I envision myself back at Jacob’s Well, the place where found freedom in Christ and was set free from my bondage.

The house sits on a piece of property, flat, and grassy. Right next to and on the other side of the turtly pond sits a row of dense forest and tree canopies. The fog that sometimes comes up over the tree line makes the forest look like it is on fire, especially in the early morning or late afternoon as the sun sets. It’s so beautiful, but also awesome and mysterious. As I see myself standing there in the oppennes of the field, completely vulnerable and naked to the firmament above me, I ponder those trees. As I hear a dog barking through the trees, attempting to grab a snare a not so unsuspecting squirrel or other varmint with the obnoxious bark, I long to be just a flea on his fur in order to be able to see the forest for what it is.

narrow gate2What is on the other side? What does it really look like if only I were able to look past the trees? There is narrow gate. It is the only way to Christ and out of the billions of people who live on the planet, a very small remnant actually decide to take that small path into the woods to follow their Savior in to unchartered territory, following the Light of Salvation into realms unseen, into the darkness, into the fog.

The path can become overgrown, weeds can overtake the humbleness of it all. It can be choked off by the very life that sustains the rest of the earth. It’s up to ME to continue forward, allowing Christ to shine His Light on one step, then another. Before long, after the loss of everything, after walking alone, after countless vain attempts at taking the highway to destinations never intended for me, I chose the small path into the woods. All perspective changed in an instant and I stood before the Son of God in a beautiful meadow. Eternal life and love!

narrow gate3Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Psalm 23:1-4 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.