This post is inspired by a message delivered by the amazing Pastor Becky last Sunday…a message that I needed to hear.
Life is full of lots of roads. There are the regular city roads, with just enough room (most of the time) for free flowing traffic in either direction. There are super-highways with multiple lanes of speeding cars and there are the small winding roads and paths, the narrow ones with just enough room for one.
It is on the narrow paths that we really have to pay attention. We have to take turns, look for ways to let others get by, and even lend a hand to get over a particularly bumpy, steep or difficult part. It is on the small narrow paths, the ones that can seem treacherous and scary, that we learn to make room for others. We can’t just speed through oblivious to who might be walking or riding beside us. We have to pay attention, be mindful, share the space.
When you find yourself on a narrow path, turn down the music and turn off the distractions and just pay attention. Pay attention to the people around you. See who needs help and who needs a little extra room. Step aside to let someone pass. Lend a hand to someone who needs a boost. Look around to see the hand outstretched in help to you. These paths are narrow, but they don’t need to be traveled alone.
When you are frustrated by the slowness, the bumpiness and the general difficulty of the narrow paths, ask God to give you the feet for the path. Instead of impatiently asking for the path to be cleared, ask instead that you be equipped to handle it. Because the narrow paths really do have the best views and you don’t want to miss out. So make room for others, and enjoy the beauty together.
The last picture is taken on a path in Hocking Hills, OH. This particular path is on the property where Mark and I got married. It is a beautiful place. And this particular path is the perfect metaphor for the paths that are best when shared. The views have been pretty good so far!