l wonder how many choices you make before you come to church each Sunday morning, for example? These come to mind and there are others: what shall l wear today; what will l eat for breakfast; shall l listen to the radio or watch TV before l leave and shall l make some preparations for lunch later? These are the everyday choices we all make in the developed Western World where we are fortunate to have been born and live and where choice is available to us.
If only our paths in life were this easy! We cope well enough with everyday decisions but we may need help and support for other choices in our lives which are inevitable and have more serious consequences.
The poet, Robert Frost's poem, 'The Road Not Taken' was published one hundred years' ago in 1916 and speaks of a choice that a traveller, perhaps Frost himself, made about a choice of two roads in a wood he encountered on a walk - which one should he take? He would have liked to take both and not choose as reflected in the first three lines of the poem, as follows:-
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry l could not travel both
And be one traveller; long l stood......
In the poem, the poet's decision is a defining moment in his life, not only because of the path he did choose but because he had to make a choice in the first place. Life is like that! In the whole poem, Robert Frost, the narrator, comes to review his life and reflect on the road not taken and how his life may have been different had he chosen the other way.
So, if we are faced with choices involving leaps into the unknown or making decisions about serious, wider issues in life, to whom do we turn? Family and close friends or someone else we know we can trust can be called on to help us see wider perspectives.
However, there is much more. We have God, our maker, to help us to make the right choices , to support and guide us through our choices when we need to make decisions.
"Put all your trust in the LORD and do not rely on your own understanding
Think of him in all your wayand HE will smooth your path "
Wishing you all a restful and happy summer.