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I love this picture because for me it speaks to the Lords words in Matthew 7:13 on finding the narrow path that leads to life. He contrasts that narrow path to the most commonly used one, that being the wide path that is widely travelled, which leads away from His Kingdom.  This path at Bernheim is so easy to walk by and if it weren't for the large sign marking its entry point might be over looked by all but the most sincere seeker.  The Narrow Path then has for a long time been a key phrase endeared by those who were called people of the Way in Acts 24:14. His Way which was created by and through Him.

I find it interesting that in our world we go to great lengths to use GPS and pride ourselves as a people who can get anywhere with the push of a cell phone button yet often are so lost in our own lives. So much so that we have a huge market of self hep books, youtube videos and self help gurus on every proverbial cyber space street corner with a road map to happiness they want to sell you.  This to me testifies to the need felt within the human heart and to the confusion thats going on in our world. I can attest to the joy I felt when I found that narrow path and the joy in coming to know its Creator.  So this picture will always remind me of my journeys beginning in 1974.

So this picture will always stand as a reminder of the day I found the narrow way. I say found the narrow way because I was searching for a long time even when I was looking at so many diversions. When I say I found the narrow way I must also add the Lord had His part to play in it to be sure. Today we have whole groups clinging to one point of view or the other, these things called the free will of man and the sovereignty of God. Theologically I have concluded that the free will of man and Gods sovereignty are not in conflict at all. Whosoever will may come and whom He foreknew He predestined are both true we just cant understand them because we aren't God.   Its actually a paradox and a divine truth that we cant bring together here on Earth yet God understands them perfectly. Yet men make religions out of such things to further divide. Although one thing remains constant still, in this age with so much confusion, drama and all sorts of people who merchandise secular humanistic solutions. That is that as the season of our lives come and go the narrow path leading home remains for the earnest seeker. 

In the book of Isaiah 35 verses 8 -10 its aptly described as the highway of holiness. " And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." 

                              Steve Lathan 6/23/22 ©


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