Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Narrow Path

Ricketts Glen
photo by Pam Williams

"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29)

The path looked precarious, a sheer drop to a stony stream bed on one side, and a damp rock wall covered with moss on the other. However, I had been told that the beauty of what lay ahead warranted traversing this narrow strip. But would it, really? Was I willing to take the necessary risky steps to find the promised treasure for myself?

After carefully winding my way around the rocky outcropping, I heard the rushing of water and looked up. A breath-taking waterfall—far more beautiful than the words of others could describe—cascaded from tier to tier. I sucked in my breath at the awesome sight. Yes, it was definitely worth the risk.

Aren’t the steps that lead to salvation a lot like walking along that skinny pathway—requiring us to take steps that might seem pretty risky at the time? Asking us to place our faith in Someone we can’t even see?

"Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:14)

Yet, those of us who have made the journey know that the promise is true—there is a better life waiting. With salvation comes the priceless treasure and awesome beauty of a real and loving relationship with God.

Is it worth the risks—losing face, friendships, relationships, familiar habits or whatever else holds us back? Yes! Most definitely! Like the unexpected and breathtaking beauty of the waterfall, life with Jesus holds so much more goodness, love and grace than we can ever dream of.

“No eye has seen,
    no ear has heard,
        and no mind has imagined
            the things that God has prepared
                for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

 ©2014 Pamela D. Williams