I’ve never been on a road I haven’t taken.
Neither have you.
I’ve never traveled someone else’s road.
Neither have you.
We travel our own path, and no one travels it for us. Neither could we travel someone else’s path no matter how sincerely we try.
The path may seem crowded at times. It may seem as lonely.
Yet our roads are not solitary, not completely.
Our roads intersect with others, bringing us fellow travelers who join us for a time, long or short or merely for the briefest moment.
There is richness in walking together, and there is wealth to be found in traveling alone. There can also be loss and sorrow and sadness on the way, at times unbearable.
Yet we travel on our roads, each of us.
But in the end there are really only two roads anyone ever travels.
One is under the reign of grace, and one is under the reign of sin. Thankfully, our God doesn’t make us go all the way back for a do-over, but opens the path for us right where we are. And because of the reign of grace, we can be free to serve to his glory, knowing that he is blessing our efforts and using everything for his purposes. No need for rewind. (Aimee Byrd.)
There is a way to travel never alone again, no matter how solitary the road appears. It is the road traveled by people who put their trust in Jesus.
When the road is hard, he keeps us:
When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy. (Psalm 94:18-19.)
When the road is uncertain, he directs us:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6.)
And in every step, he is with us:
Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. … And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18, 20.)
And he is in us:
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17.)
And he is the one who will see us safely to the road’s end, to dwell with him forever:
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:2-3.)
Every road has its end. But not all ends are the end of all things. My road is in Jesus now just as much as it leads to Jesus in eternity.
This is a road worth traveling, and I am glad I am not traveling another.