We just crawled out of the car after a couple day trip to Leavenworth for our regional pastor’s conference. On the way over Monday morning, and for the return trip this afternoon, the chosen path was US Highway 2 across the upper Columbia Basin and Waterville Plateau. In regards to the famous Robert Frost poem; “The Road Less Traveled”, we definitely chose the one less traveled by! The traffic was minimal, and the weather beautiful, so the views were spectacular. What was most striking was the vast amount of open land in contrast to the miniscule number of people visible in it. This is true of much of the western United States; wide open spaces where people are outnumbered by the critters. In life there are many paths to follow, and they lead to widely different destinations. As Christians we are exhorted to take the narrow path, through the narrow gate, to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Of course, that path, and that gate, are Jesus. But we can’t just look at the map to get there, we have to make the journey. The journey laid out for us may look free and easy on paper, but the actual travel will inevitably get difficult and dirty. The Christian walk, following “The Way”, will necessarily bring suffering and sacrifice. That’s what the way for Jesus was, and He promises that His way will be our way. Undoubtedly though, this path does lead to glory. It’s just that the glory comes at the end of the journey, not before or along the way.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009