By Jenna Walmer
“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
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.
We are almost done with The Sermon on the Mount! Only two more sections left, and this one was fairly short. Have you attempted to memorize sections?
For the short Bible verse and poem, both Jesus and Frost point to taking the road less traveled.
Frost’s description of his first path reflects Jesus’ description of the wide gate. These two teachers address the problems with the broader road and the path that many take. Jesus warns of destruction if one takes the wide gate, for Jesus does not want us to follow the crowd.
Then, the two suggested the better path to take. In Frost’s poem, the traveler took “the one less traveled by.” Jesus tells us that this path leads to “life.” The “life” that we are receiving by taking the road less traveled is eternal life. Believing in Jesus, following his guidelines, and taking the narrow road is a way to heaven. Living His way may not be popular, but it is right.
As Dunkerpunks, we are called to take the path less traveled. We are called to live against the grain of the standard culture. We are called to take the path less traveled.
In the upcoming weeks, start consciously taking the path less traveled. Stand up for your peers. Spread the word about injustices. Be strong about your radical beliefs. You are a part of the few who find the narrow path and you will make all the difference.
Jenna Walmer is from Lancaster County and is currently in 12th grade. In school, she loves to research historical events. If she were to live in a specific time period, she would want to be a hippie and live in the 60s or 70s. Her favorite past times are swimming and playing her trombone. If you want to know more about her random life, follow her on twitter: @jaymarie2100