"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
A wide, open gate teeming with traffic may seem like an ideal entrance -- or exit -- on our spiritual journey. Certainly it is the way of choice for our sensory self, using pleasure, power, and the demands of our human appetites as guideposts along a wide and popular highway.
Sometimes, however, even in the midst of the bustle and excitement of the wide path, we sense that we may be missing something important -- that there may be a more beautiful, meaningful, private, and personal path. "I, I chose the road less traveled," Robert Frost wrote, "and that has made all the difference."
There is a private path for each of us, as Jesus here assures us. It is not always easy to find and, once found, it is not for the faint-hearted. It is narrow and precipitous. In the Hindu scripture known as the Katha Upanishad we read, "Like the sharp edge of a razor, the sages say, is the path. Narrow it is and difficult to tread."
I think it's important to note where it's going, this narrow road that appeals to so few. It leads, Jesus says, to life. To life. It is a path that does not, as we might expect, lead us away from our human experience, but deeper into it -- deeper into life, but life experienced from the fresh, loving, and unique perspective of Spirit.
Today I will turn from the temptation to settle for an easy, popular path. I will choose instead the scenic route -- narrow and bumpy sometimes, but rich in surprises and unexpected rewards. Thank You, God, for guiding me to the narrow path of spiritual possibility.