One morning, my husband Jeff and I were sitting in a Sunday school class, each eating a cup of trail mix. With us both not liking raisins, Jeff decided it would be comical to start tossing his raisins into my cup. Glaring at him, I whispered, “I don’t like raisins!” Smiling back at me, he continued on with this annoying gesture. At this point, I came to a fork regarding my decision on how to handle this—either ignore his action and not eat the trail mix or continue eating as if his action did not bother me. I chose the latter.
Reflecting on this trivial incident and my response, I am reminded of a famous poem that I cherish—“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 all come to different forks in life—both significant and insignificant ones—paths where we do not know what lays ahead but are forced to make a decision. Though it may sometimes feel like a solo path where no one comprehends what you are facing, there is One always available and always willing to journey alongside you through every fork that you encounter. Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Know that God continually avails Himself to us and offers guidance in all circumstances; may this realization grant us the peace and strength to move forward through all the challenges that this life holds—making all the difference