One of my favourite poems is by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. I have provided a snippet of the poem. It is an account of a man who had to make a decision, it doesn’t state what it is, but it was definitely something major, a life altering decision. Perhaps Frost was writing from his own experience. The poem reflects on a dilemma that we all face, should I take this way or that. With any decision, may it be minor or major we need to bring it to God.
Ask Him for His wisdom, discernment and guidance before making a choice. I have always interpreted the poem to be about the freedom to choose, to be different, to stand out from the crowd and not follow the norm. It may not be the easiest path, it may not promise the same things as the other path, such as job stability, excellent wages, a nice car etc, but if it is the way the Lord leads you to, take courage and walk along that path. However, others have interpreted the poem differently. They translate the sigh as a sigh of regret that he didn’t take the other path, the easier road, perhaps the road full of promise. As it is often said the grass is always greener on the other side. He may even be trying to convince himself and others that he has made the right choice.
Whatever your circumstance is or what choices you have made in the past, choose God. Look to Him when making your decisions, no matter how trivial you may think it seems. Don’t live in regret. If you walk according to His will He will make your path straight.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
- Zhen Ang