Trekking the Road Less Traveled By

So defined, a logo is a symbol or other design adopted by an organization to identify its products, uniform, vehicles, etc.” For me personally defined, a logo identifies my life purpose—reason for my being—in this physical, temporal time.  Thus, my definition: two worlds crossed my path; I chose the one less favored by,” and that made all the difference for me for all time and eternity.

Perhaps that echoes my personal paraphrase of Matthew 7:13-14. Perhaps, too, that’s an interpretation of RobertFrost’s poem The Road Not Taken; as to me Frost’s poem certainly reflects that Matthew passage.

Yet, mine is The Road Taken:

Two roads forked along my earthly path,
Yet, one like what I've been traveling all my days.
I as one traveler, at that fork, long I stood,
Looking down the other as far as I could
Narrower and winding it was
Hardly any travelers trekking down that road.

The other (so familiar), broad and wide, 
Brilliantly lighted, and voices of joy it seemed – 
Sports fans, movies, and TV, the Hollywood craves.
I enjoyed it too for many of my days,
but then at that fork long I stood. Then a whisper, 
“Come along now, try the narrow path.”

I shall be telling this with a glee
Somewhere strolling along this temporal way:
Two roads forked along my earthly path,
I took the one less traveled by, though not so easy going,
Yet trekking with Jesus makes all the difference, 
And with eternity in sight, there is no end.

And so, as my logo indicates, Jesus in the center represents that road less traveled by—the narrow way. Likewise, in my own choosing that way less traveled by, so it is my desire that Jesus to always be central in my life; it may not be a way of always easy trekking, but it is the way of the truly purposeful life (John 10:10 b). And that even while residing on the dark side for a time, yet under God’s protective care (see Psalm 18:2-3), according also to Jesus’ prayer, as recorded in the Bible at John 17:14-18.

I am here in this time to shine the light of Christ exposing the dark side, with the sword of the Spirit, the inspired Word of the ever-present three-in-one Person of God (Ephesians 6:16-18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)—encouraging others to cross over  (John 5:24 NIV) to the light side and realize the true reality. Hence, I reside here, as also my fellow Christ-followers—working for God's Kingdom on earth (Matthew 6:10; Luke 12:34-36) while watching for the King's return—a witness of His matchless grace—that others may trek, too, that road less traveled by (see Matthew 5:13-15).

Strange though it may seem, yet through the years I have come more to the realization that apart from the things of God in this physical, temporal time, everything else is purely temporal. So being a distraction from one’s real purpose for living in this time, the way of the evil one (John 10:10 a). The advances through time for mankind’s betterment had not “just happened,” but have come about at God’s granting humanity the knowledge and the skills for such, to be used for His glory, for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on planet Earth (Matthew 6:10). Yet, the evil one, too, has commandeered much of such (the Internet, Social Media, etc.)  for his own deceptive snares, thus the “Broadway”—the way most traveled by.

Therefore, my trekking this road less traveled by, even over any “rocks and roots and ruts” I may come upon, I pray I shall not be over come. As in the light of God’s ever-present grace, the journey is nevertheless a three-way purposeful joyful experience, continuing in prayer concerning,

My walk through God's Word, to know Christ and to make Him known.

My work, primarily through my writing skills, where is my interest and ability.

My witnessvocally and virtually (online). In so doing acknowledging God's command and promise, as He encouraged Moses so many years ago, so He encouraged me via Exodus 4:10-12; His grace is all-sufficient in the going (2 Corinthians 12:9), at my being attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Through the days of my earthly trekking, it matters not so much where I’m to reside, living  out my walk, my work, my witness, but what I am to do, and that where He leads me.” The “where” is general: all along the way; the “what” is specific: Christ’s global cause.”

It is therefore my endeavor to be aware of God’s direction for me as He so guides (see Psalm 32:8 NIV), as to where I am to be in my continued trekking on, down this road less traveled by—trekking on until His upward call to the home He is preparing for me (see John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 2:8-10).

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3 NLT)

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Purposed, Yet Not Without Perils

Star Trek: The Next Generation was a popular TV series of an earlier decade. It is probably still today airing in reruns on various TV channels. I guess one could say that I was one such “fan” of that series, but I don’t consider myself a “trekkie”. As I recall, so spoke the Captain, Jean-Luc Picard, at the beginning of each episode, “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Outer space is the great prairie of this "next generation," space travel being "the thing" that grips many of this age. In past ages it was the sea; many ambitious ones today, I’m sure, still yearn to explore the ocean depths. In earlier times, the African continent was considered the "last frontier." 

Yet, all around the world—from the ocean depths to the depths of outer space—dangers await those spirited enough purposed to answer the call to "explore strange new worlds."  They have been willing to risk their lives, to stretch out their environment to the regions beyond.

Christopher Columbus was one, answering the call in his day. As goes an ancient teaching, supposedly he set out to prove that the world was not flat. Truer than that, however, he had sensed the call of God that he was to take the Gospel of the Kingdom to the regions beyond. Setting out from Spain on a westward voyage for a new route to China and India, he discovered the western hemisphere. Yet, so purposed, it did not free him from the perils he would face in crossing the seas—his for the cause of Christ his Savior.

Crossing the great seas was no easy trek. As the ships sailed the oceans, who knew what wind and rain they would face? Perhaps for sure some ships did find their “eternal rest” on the ocean bottoms.

As a ship at sea would get lost beyond the waves, so a prairie schooner—of America’s frontier—could "drown" on the prairie. Only the strong, rugged, and brave could meet the challenge of the prairie; the old west was a wild country, and lawless.

Yet, in those early days there were bold and courageous adventurers. And for sure, as Christopher Columbus, there were some who heard the call of God to “go” with the message of Christ, as was for one couple, for a spell, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman.

Yet, the movement westward was no easy trek. The Native Americans ("Indians," erroneously named by Christopher Columbus, thinking he had reached his destination to India) were “pushed” into the prairie by those white settlers, they having discovered the new world and claimed it for themselves. “Indian” wars were then a peril the settlers had to combat.

There was the danger of buffalo stampedes and prairie fires; perhaps such ignited by the Indians as an attempt to discourage the westward movement. It was a struggle of man against nature; man against beast; and man against man. (Read all about it in James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Prairie.)

Just as there are perils in crossing the continents, the ocean depths, and outer space, there are perils too in trekking through life. Yet, such are overcome and have been so, through the Lord Jesus, the Christ (Messiah). As we answer the call as Christopher Columbus had done—to take the Good News to the regions beyond—we, too, are promised that we are not free from perils. Yet, through it all, as Jesus encourages, "Be of good cheer". (See John 16:33) He is our “Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer.” (See Psalm 18:2)

The apostle Paul writes that he, too, “on frequent journeys [was] in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure” (2 Corinthians 11:25-27)

Nevertheless, as God commanded Joshua, so He commands His Christ-followers today: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened , and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)