High road or low road — the choice is ours

By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW

Psalm 40:2, “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”

Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

We make choices every day that impact the road we travel. We get up each morning with the knowledge, “This is the day the Lord has made,” but how many of us “rejoice in it?” Do we choose the road God has prepared for us? Or do we choose the low road?

The low road will always be the easier way. It will take little effort, time or commitment from us. But the results will also be mediocre, unfulfilling and without purpose. On the low road we look up and wonder if. Our perspective is different surrounded by fear, doubt and regret. Anyone who has ever gone on a hike in the mountains understands it is more treacherous coming down than going up. The same is true in life; the low road may appear easy, but it will take us on a downward spiral where we trip and fall until we hit rock bottom. We find ourselves alone, hurt and crying out for help.

The high road will be the more difficult route. It will require faith, sacrifice, wisdom and commitment. It is a road that is less traveled because it will take effort and hard work. But the beauty to be seen along the way is priceless. The end result will be worth the journey. Again, using the analogy of a hike, we may become tired and need to stop along the way, taking breaks for water, food and rest. We may even fall, but because of the upward momentum, we will fall forward.

If we persevere and keep climbing upward, the reward will outweigh the effort. We will stand at the top of a mountain ridge and look out over the valleys below and see the magnitude of God’s creation. We see where we started and how far we have climbed and say, “I did it.”

With God, all things are possible. Our eyes are open to our surroundings with little or nothing obstructing the view. The same is true in our lives as we take the high road and climb upward into God’s presence. The road may be difficult and challenging, we may stumble and fall, but with every step we draw nearer to Him. The closer to the top we get the clearer the big picture becomes — His plan and purpose for our lives.

When you find yourself on the low road, do an about-face and begin walking to higher ground. Christ will meet you at the lowest point helping you reach your goals as you follow his footsteps. Make the decision today to get off the beaten road of man and start on the adventure of a lifetime. God wants to take you to higher heights and experience things you only dreamed about. Choose the high road and experience His love, joy and peace. Find rest for your soul and grow stronger in Him while realizing the sky is the limit.

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This story was posted on June 26, 2014.