The Road to Restoration
As partakers of this thing--temporary existence, we all hold in common the identity of Traveler. Perhaps it is cliche, yet the quintessential question remains: which path should one take? The 'paved road' is appealing: the easy, pleasure-oriented life that so many pursue. A journey of struggle-- at which end one may find wealth and fame--is the choice of others. Some take the popular path, only traveling the road those around them do.
Regardless of our choice of road, the cruel irony remains: this ride is pathetically short. All the advances in science have not been able to provide us with an endless road, or even a signifi-cantly longer one. Our coping mechanism for this as a race has been to focus on anything other than the End of the Line. But if and when we choose to consider the bitter brevity of life, a question arises which nothing short of resolving will dismiss.
Is there another path? If indeed there is an Endless Road, can we truly be content with a short adventure ultimately ending in death and destruction? When faced with the choice, do we have the courage to tackle that lonely trail more difficult: the one with the switchbacks climbing up sharply through the mountains?
The Road to Restoration is unpopular and difficult. Yet it is not impossible. The hardness lies in the initial choice to, as the poet Robert Frost puts it: 'take the road less traveled by.' The greater challenge still is to continue making the choice to remain on the trail, for that is what each step is.
Yet in the end it is this Road--which is none other than Jesus Christ Himself--that remains the only exit route from this diseased, chaos-ridden world. He is the Way, the Ladder between Earth and Heaven, and choosing Him will have 'made all the difference' when the full story is told. The rewards for taking this less-traveled highway are infinite, for they consist of an eternal life filled with the joy of God's presence, the companionship of all the myriad citizenry of the Universe, and unending possibility for learning, development, and enjoyment!
The things of Earth will become smaller and sillier to us as we climb. Things we once prized-- the adoration of others, pride, anger, the lusts of pleasure and of power, bitterness--all will be seen for their true ugliness in the light of Him at whose side are pleasures forevermore. They will tumble out of our backpack, and we will crush them beneath our feet as worthless trinkets. For they are nothing more than dung when compared with the Love that rescues us.
Road to Restoration's goals:
- Pursuit #1: Acquaintance with God through the media of revelation, nature, human experience and expression
- Pursuit #2: Awareness of the scourge called sin, and its effect on Earth and Humanity.
- Pursuit #3: Opportunity for the two realizations to collide, facilitating healing.