There are always two paths that lay before us in life – the broad and the narrow. Often we just think of these paths in terms of salvation…”Christians” on the narrow path and “the world” on the broad, but choosing the narrow path is also a daily choice in every situation we face. It’s not always easy but it’s so worth it.
When my marriage ended, I felt like my world had been turned upside down. Everything was so uncertain, emotions were incredibly raw and insecurities were at an all-time high…it was a little fight or flight…and it could have gone either way. Yet, in those early moments and days, amongst the shock and devastation, I felt a definite sense that God was calling me to walk the narrow path…a path of peace…which meant taking the high road and doing the right thing before God, even when I didn’t want to.
It’s human nature to want to feel justified in our hurt and anger and to want to give that person who betrayed and hurt us exactly what we think they deserve. As much as those feelings are understandable, it’s the broad path, and to live that way brings nothing but more pain, bitterness and destruction to ourselves and our children.
God never asks us to do something He doesn’t give us the grace to do.
By choosing to obey and walk that path of peace, I saw God do incredible things for me and my boys and bring the best out of a not so good situation. I was able to navigate a peaceful and amicable relationship with my ex-husband which we still have today and I’m so grateful for. If I’d gone up against him, wanting to make him pay and get my vengeance, it could have been a very different story and very ugly for all involved. God’s ways are so much higher and better than ours!
Needless to say, I made plenty of mistakes along the way but God always kept bringing me back to that path and it was for my good. There was a time I momentarily strayed from this path with disastrous consequences…but that’s for another blog!
No matter where you’re at in your journey, it’s never too late to change the path you’re on…you can’t go wrong choosing the narrow road.