Taking other roads less traveled

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ED DELPH, Church Community Connection

You may remember my article last week. It was about a trip my wife, father and I took a few weeks ago. Because of some spoiled plans due to a forest fire in Durango, Colo., I decided to take some “roads less traveled” to get from Durango to Phoenix.
The journey we started out tentatively on morphed into one of the greatest road trips we have ever taken. We discovered in our own state an amazing area we never knew existed. But to find what we didn’t know existed, we had to get far away from the madding crowd.
I closed the article with two thoughts about journeying on roads less traveled. Firstly, when you have the right navigator and a road map, you can enter spaces, places and graces you never knew existed. You enjoy the journey when you follow the map. Secondly, don’t be deterred when your plans get messed up. If the door closes, it’s probably someone else’s door.
I’d like to take the concept of taking roads less traveled and look at some other roads less traveled that could open us up to amazing possibilities, as long as we have the road map and a great navigator. Here’s a road less traveled by, of all things, an ant.
One day, a biologist observed an ant carrying a piece of straw, which seemed a big burden for it. The ant came to a crack in the earth, which was too wide to cross. It stood for a time, as though pondering the situation. Then it put the straw across the crack and walked across it as a span.
“What a lesson for us!” the impressed biologist said. “The burden can become the bridge for progress.”
You have heard of the expression after something troublesome has happened, “Build a bridge and get over it.”
The ant turned the obstacle into an opportunity. The road more traveled is to give up. The road less traveled is to build a bridge and get over it. That ant moved from being a victim to becoming a victor. When tough stuff happens, use the loss as a springboard and turn it into a win. Not many people take that road these days.
Here’s another road less traveled:
Edgar Brightman notes the following: “The practical man is the man who knows how to get what he wants. The philosopher (or pastor speaking God truth … my insert) is the man who knows what man ought to want. The ideal man is the man who knows how to get what he ought to want.”
In today’s world, we have two main groups of the two categories above. That’s the broad way. But the narrow way, the road less traveled, is the person who can integrate the two worlds and come up with something wonderful.
Jesus took the road less traveled. He could have called myriads of angels and not gone to the cross. He could have done his own thing.
Instead, he said, “You and I are worth dying for.”
He followed the navigator and the road map. He did what the Father asked of him, shocking as it was. That’s the road less traveled, God, and Jesus took it. Jesus came to the large crevice, took the cross he was carrying, put it over the deep crevice of eternal life and death, climbed over it and built a highway to heaven from Earth. Sound familiar?
Cory Ashbury, in his song “Reckless Love,” describes God’s road less traveled, love for all humans, past, present and future, paving a highway to heaven.
“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. It chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine, I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away. There’s no shadow You won’t light up, mountain You won’t climb up, there’s no wall You won’t kick down, lie You won’t tear down, coming after me.”
This was unexpected and beautiful. It seems reckless to us but was planned by God. God gave his Son’s life, Jesus gave his life, so we could have eternal life. The way is yours, take it.
To learn more about Pastor Ed Delph, the Church-Community Connection and Nation strategy, call 623-376-6757, e-mail nationstrategy@cs.com, or log on to www.nationstrategy.com.

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