Forks in the road go unnoticed. You’re travelling the wide, paved, familiar, well-lit path when suddenly that narrow branch of bumpy dirt road juts out from the trees. Just as quickly as it appears, it’s gone; a faint afterthought on your journey toward the known destination.
That’s the problem with everyday life. We spend so much of our time stuck on the freeway of familiarity, that we blow past the off ramps leading to new adventures. We see the signs but ignore the turns anyway. We’re just too busy, too afraid or too stuck (on auto pilot) to choose the road less travelled.
What if those forks or off ramps actually lead to something better than what we’re used to? As a Christian man, I believe God wants me to enjoy my life. So, if my life becomes stale, mundane, or just downright dull, isn’t it in my best interest to change things up a bit?
If I knew for certain one of those forks in the road would lead to a better life, I wouldn’t hesitate to alter my usual course. But, I don’t know for certain. Because of that fear of the unknown, I tend to stick to what I know; the same boring well travelled stretch of road.
So for once, I’m gonna take one of those rugged detours to see where it leads, because I have faith that God’s got my best interest at heart. I’m pretty bored with the road I’ve travelled consistently for almost 20 years. Time to see what else might be waiting for me, just around the bend. After all, God said in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Sounds like whatever path that narrow road leads to, God’s got my wellbeing under his control.