The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I had to memorize this poem when I was in high school. I practiced it so much that I can still recite most of it even though 20+ years have passed.
Sadly, as often happens, I was so caught up in memorizing the poem that I completely missed out on understanding its meaning. I never actually let it sink in. And who knows, maybe I was too young at the time to grasp the significance of the words.
It is kinda deep.
During prayer time recently this poem came to mind. The last sentence specifically: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
Jesus told those around him that few would follow him, but the rewards for those few would be great. In other words he warned that to follow him would mean that we would be taking the road less traveled.
We would walk the path with less wear, we would walk the path that maybe looked a little less certain. We wouldn't be able to see the path ahead, but still, he just asked us to follow.
What can we expect if we take a road less traveled?
Seeing sights that few others have seen.
Experiencing moments that nobody else has experienced.
Hearing sounds that no other ear has heard before.
The possibilities are endless because we serve a God who is endless!
In five million years I never would have guessed that my life would be at the place it is right now. I couldn't and wouldn't have planned this! But, God asked me to join him on a new journey, one that few others were willing to take. I said yes - and it has made all the difference.
Come of friends, I'm actually begging you, as a new year approaches - take the road less traveled!