Enter through the Narrow Gate

The cover of my recently published book Slow Dance with Jesus may say “written by a woman who walked a long, hard road barefoot to get to the dance,” but I never in a million years imagined how narrow the gate would be to the life the Lord has for me. Some people think I am physically thin, particularly this past year when I unfortunately allowed myself to get sucked back into a dangerous dance with an eating disorder. But even a smaller stature has not made entering through the narrow gate any easier.

The Lord has washed my feet and purified my heart, so the road I walk upon is no longer as rough and my feet are now covered in sandals of God’s love. But the gate I pass through to enter into the life the Lord created me to have is so very narrow. I have to suck in my breath, say a prayer, and squeeze on through. Some of me gets left behind – the part of me that does not belong with me any longer because now I walk with the Lord. I know full well I could have continued down the broad road that leads to destruction.

In fact, I had long since arrived at the place of destruction. I could go back, I know. But I would rather squeeze through the narrow gate and do life God’s way than go back to where so much of the world remains. I take the hand of Jesus as He shows me this new road I walk upon. His other hand is free for the next person who will enter in. Enter in, my friend. You may need to squeeze through like me, and you may even have to leave part of you behind. But I promise you, it will be worth your while. Come along.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction; and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that lead to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14 KJV)

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