The road less traveled is best traveled with another brother.
As we drove back home after the retreat, I contemplated all the things that had occurred that weekend. The road back is a long stretch spanning more than 100 miles. With that much distance, my mind usually goes on autopilot as it’s a rather tedious drive. However, about ten miles into my trip, a call from my brother Bob interrupted my drive.
“Hey Carlos, where are you?” asked Bob. “I just left and not too far along. Why do you ask?” I replied. “Well, I’m about ten miles ahead of you then, and there’s a major accident. It’s so bad that they’ve closed the road both ways.” “Wow. What do we do?” I asked. “Well, I saw some people turn around and take a detour on a dirt road that runs parallel to this road. I followed them and cleared the roadblock. I suggest you do the same.”
Bob then gave me the exact location I should turn and what to expect. As I approached the radio tower he described, I made a left unto the dirt road he described. It was rough as farmers mostly used it to transport supplies and their harvest. The dust kicked up as I drove on the dirt road, and I steadied my truck along the narrow path.
Not long after, I drove past the accident and roadblock, bypassing the situation. Unfortunately, I saw an overturned vehicle and a helicopter on the street, preparing to airlift the injured. I then prayed for the wounded and all involved and called Bob back to thank him for the warning and advice.
As I continued my drive home, I thought about the accident and the importance of heeding a fellow brother’s advice. Bob’s call to warn me and give me a way around the obstacle was a great example of brotherly love. Although the detour was a little rough, he showed me the same path he had taken.
This story is an excellent example of how important it is to have a fellow brother speak truth into your life. This truth is especially beneficial when he’s “been there, done that.” Although it may not always be pleasant or convenient, a faithful brother’s words and advice are rooted in love.
After all, the road less traveled is best traveled with another.
Answer and Journal the Following
First pray for insight and understanding of God’s word. Then and most importantly, how to apply it.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Contemplate and meditate on or memorize the passage. What is God saying to you?
How will you apply this to your life?
How will you share what you learned with others?