Which Way Did They Go?

I can still remember the excitement of the chase.  The bad guys had jumped on their horses and had raced away as fast as they could ride.  The sheriff and the men of the town saddled up and rode after them as quickly as they could.

The chase scene was always an important part of any American western movie.  And almost as important was the fork in the road.  When they got to the fork, the sheriff and his men would have to stop their horses and figure out which way to go.  If they chose the wrong path, they wouldn’t be able to catch up to the bad guys.  Usually, there was an old miner or a young child nearby.  Someone would holler, “Which way did they go?”  Wordlessly, the movie extra would point down one of the two roads, and the horsemen would gallop off in that direction.

How often have we found ourselves faced with a dilemma, or a decision we must make, and it’s as if we were standing at that same fork in the road?  The scriptures give us many pearls of wisdom which can help us decide which road to take.  We need the advice and guidance God can provide through His written Word, because we may not always be able to ask someone standing nearby, “Which way should I go?”.

All too often, well-meaning friends and family can tell us which path to take, and it may not turn out to be the path which will take us to the destination God would like us to choose.  Even our friends can try to be helpful, but not know which road would be best for any one of us to take.  We must, ultimately, choose for ourselves, with God’s help.

With God as our guide, and with the scriptures to light the path, we can make better, wiser decisions in our lives.  There isn’t a one of us who has not made a foolish or wrong decision in life, perhaps several wrong decisions.  It’s never too late to change the direction our lives are taking.

Perhaps we should not always follow the tried and true path that most others have trod.  Jesus spoke of the path that the many are walking; in reality it is the path that leads to destruction.  The other path, the Way of God, is the one that few have tried, yet it is the Way that leads to life!   He said, “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV).

Robert Frost wrote an amazing poem, “The Road Not Taken,” which discusses this very point.  The poem makes excellent reading.  The gist of the story is that the one speaking has come across the same fork in the road in his own life.  He notices that one direction leads down a well-worn path, while the other road has hardly been used at all.  He decides to go on that path, the road not taken by the majority, and, he says, it made all the difference!

Who are you trying to follow?  Are you following the majority, the people around you in society, in school, in your religion?  Which way did they go?  Are you trying to follow Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life?  Which way did He go?  Follow Him, and it will make all the difference!