“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
A few years ago, while on a trip to Lake Louise in Canada, my husband and I went on a beautiful hike that took us all day to complete. We passed waterfalls, saw beautiful vistas of the lake and surrounding wilderness, and midway through the hike, we even stopped and enjoyed some tea and biscuits from a mountaintop tea house. It was a day I will not soon forget (scroll down to see a few pictures from our hike). Although we were following a path we had never been on before, we felt safe because we knew that this path had been specifically created for hikers to follow. Along the trail, we even encountered posted signs with tips to keep safe and which advised us not to wander too far off the designated path. They stated that hikers could quickly and easily get lost while in the midst of the vast wilderness and may even come across dangerous territorial animals.
Even though there were countless warnings to stay on the trail, I have to admit I was tempted to venture off of it. The idea of not knowing what lay before us and forging our own path was definitely exciting. Suddenly, the path we were on seemed too narrow and restricting. Yes, I knew we could get lost, but what if we didn’t go too far off the path? I was sure we could easily find our way back. But those posted signs that we kept encountering, which were created by the experts who forged the path, kept reminding me of the danger that awaited us if I made that choice. We decided to stay on the safe and narrow path.