When I saw the flower that rose above the rest of the flowers in my garden I was struck by it’s height. I did not know where it was growing from the bush or the ground. Instead it appeared to just be suspended in the air. It seemed to me that it rose as high as it could get and yet it still grows taller today. It reminded me of the following poem.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
The Road Not Taken
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.
It is a timeless poem. I often wonder what causes people to choose one path over the other and yet the flower chooses no path but to ascend instead. In my life I have tried often not to follow but blaze a trail that has yet to be discovered or defined.
What paths in your life have you chosen? Do you wish you had chosen the other and live the life of if, should of, would of, could of’s? Or are you blessed with enough wisdom in your life to accept the path you have chosen and to embrace it’s thorns as well as it’s lush green grasses? Are you at that point in your life that you can say “OK God here I am, I am happy with it and I will make the best of it and keep on going”? Where are you in your life? Are you at this very moment at a crossroads in your personal, professional or faith life? Do you have to choose a path or can you think outside of the obvious and just go up like the flower did and find the right direction for yourself? These are very tough questions to face but the more often you evaluate your life and try to answer the questions honestly the more you can grow like the flower.
So really reflect today on the paths chosen and the paths yet unseen. Listen to your heart and pray for guidance. Pray that God will give you the wisdom to choose wisely and accept your choices with grace. May you always be like that flower that even today continues to grow without any obvious help but like us grows from the love of God and others and experiences that others will never see that you have been through when you choose your paths.