Walking The Straight and Narrow
The sun peeked out from behind grey clouds as my daughter raced over the wood chips. We hadn’t visited this park in a long time, though it had been our stomping grounds for quite awhile.
“WAGON!” she shouted as she sprinted toward one of her favorite climbing apparatuses. A plank descended from the fake wagon, lowering itself to the ground like a balance beam. Marie used to spend nearly the entire time at the park holding my hand and tiptoeing up and down the wooden platform.
This time, she reached the base of the wagon and did something different.
“Mimi do it,” she said, tapping her chest with her palm and looking to me for permission.”Not too tough.”
I stared at the plank that was barely wide enough for her miniature feet. If she wasn’t careful, she’d slip right off. Heck, even if she was careful, she could plunge to the ground.
But, knowing my daughter, she’d try with all her might and determined focus to make it from the bottom to the top, despite her immature motor skills.
“Okay,” I replied.
She gingerly reached one foot onto the slab. Then the next. Her tongue pressed against her upper lip in utter concentration as she shuffled across the board.
As I watched my daughter shimmy and scoot her way to the Promised Land, it occurred to me that this adventure was quite similar to God’s call for Christians to walk the narrow path (Matthew 7:13-14).
So many times, I have looked at God and tapped my tiny palm to my chest. “Kelsey do it,” I plead with infantile independence.
And, without coercing or forcing me to hold His hand, He grants me permission—He lets me choose to walk the narrow road, despite my immature spiritual skills.
Being Christian does not mean you will never fall. The reality is that it is tough. Too tough, in fact. And without Christ, we cannot walk it.
Being Christian, however, does mean that you’ll always be caught. It means brushing yourself off after taking a tumble and pursuing that difficult, narrow road again and again and again.
“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