The narrow path....

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

Hello Sweet Friends,
I continue to dig deeper the words shared this past weekend and the questions that lingered from that night, and I can't help but stop to take a view of this narrow path.

Most of us know the words of Matthew warning us of the path full that leads to destruction, but how soon we forget when it comes to choosing the path and so quickly joining in with the crowd. Everyone is here, so this must be the way, right??? How quickly we are deceived buying in to what makes us "comfortable." I was guilty of it.....following the many wile forgetting the wisdom that LIFE was found with few.

Just because everyone is doing it, doesn't make it right.

Two women said to me Sunday night that they too had chosen the narrow path, and they felt the truth is that at times it is a lonely one.

I would have to admit that I agree. At times it is a path of exhilaration as it should be....

IT LEADS TO LIFE!

and He came to give us LIFE! A life that was no longer enslaved to sin, but had power over it.

A life that was full (John 10:10).

But at times it is a lonely path. For me, the loneliest time was in transition shifting from one path to another. I was trying to find myself buried under the expectations of others and demands of life.

Who am I? Where do I belong? Who do You say I am? 

I went through a season as I speak to in He Gave Me Pearls where I had to cocoon with Him alone seeking to find my way. I had to turn off the voices of others and erase my social calendar and rewire.  It wasn't easy at first and not understanding what was happening I even took up unnecessary emotions of feeling abandoned and rejected because I didn't feel like I fit anymore. What is happening to me? But then there was a breaking free point where I heard the whisper....you are my butterfly. And I could see that the shift was necessary. As long as I was consumed by others expectations of me, and my need to please them, He couldn't work things out of me....

when you seek with your whole heart, I will be found.

Cocooning is necessary if you ever desire to be a butterfly!

I became very aware of His presence, in-tuned to the whisper, and began to have new eyes for who I was in Him, and while lonely in the moment,  it was worth it to be who I am now. To feel how I feel now. To have new eyes and new thoughts. And like all, I stumble and have bad days and I blow it too, but all in all, there is a new woman that greats me in the morning, and her "best days" are exceedingly and abundantly more than those that I wish I could rewind and do again.

I think you make a decision that you will follow and that it is a journey and it won't always be easy, but you have confidence that it will be worth it.

And it is worth it. What I have found is that the transition came with losing much or a season of "pruning" as I call it, but it resulted in a life prolific. He prunes us to bear more fruit....so true! And now God has knit me together with the most amazing friends that love and support and share this  journey with me. I do believe He cares about the condition of our hearts, and if you are lonely cry out for the COMFORTER! Ask Him to send you some fellow sojourners! He cares!

What if I jump and find I was always meant to fly!
— Jennie Simmons

In His Wings,
Ro


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