The Crossroads of Life
Isaiah 30:21; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 32:8; Jeremiah 10:23
Sunday, February 20, 2005
POEM: Robert Frost wrote a poem entitled, The Road Not Taken.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
1. This poem is really a metaphor; as such, it draws us to
an imaginary crossroad, which is symbolic of the crossroads we often face in real life. From time to time we all arrive at a critical junction, and we are faced with the question: "What to do...which way shall I go?"
2. Today you may be standing at a crossroad. There is
more than one path you can choose. The question is, "Which path is the correct path--which one shall I take?" You also know that each path will have a different ending, which makes the choice that much more difficult.
3. In the Christian life we usually find that the right path
is more often than not the least traveled path...but we also know it is the best path. Remember the last line of our poem, "I took the path less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
4. For the next few minutes I would like to mention
some of the paths in life I believe to be the least traveled paths--but paths, if taken, will make all the difference.
I. The Path of Salvation
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