Daily Bread September 07

The Road Is Ahead
Elwin R. Vest (December 13, 1954)


As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” -Luke 9:57-62

I remember vividly the days of my boyhood which were spent on an irrigated farm in western Colorado. All fields must be gone over with a marker to make the little furrows down which the irrigation water was turned in order that the crops of sugar beets, corn, and grain might receive moisture. Dad would choose a fence post or a tree at the far end of the field and, with the lines to the horses tied together and looped under his arms and his hands on the handles of the marker, plow toward his chosen goal. I walked along behind watching for bird’s nests, field mice, and rabbits; but my dad looked only toward the post or tree at the end of the row. It took concentration to get that furrow straight. He had no time to look back. The mark toward which we worked was ahead.

Life is always like the marking of the furrow; yet by nature we are tempted to look back, aren’t we? We resist change; we feel at home in the “old rut.” We hesitate to let go of the past and reach out to a new and vigorous future, even if the future is with Christ.

Politically and economically the world is plowing a new furrow today. We hear talk of “getting back to normal,” but there is no back-the road lies ahead, and anyone who looks back thinking to return is feeding an illusion.

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