By: Gary L. Rodgers


I was sitting at my desk one evening and thinking about the many roads that I have traveled in my life. There were roads that ran through some of the most beautiful country side imaginable. In mid-summer, wild flowers seemed to pop up here and there displaying their many colors shapes and sizes, while I had the pleasure of catching the aroma of each bouquet as I traveled along. Now and then I would cross over a creek and I would manage to catch a glimpse of its glistening waters in the bright sunlight and wonder just how refreshing it would be to take a cool dip on a hot sweltering day. Often as a young man growing up in the country I walked along many roadsides. Some were next to fields where I would take time to stop and watch as the wind would glide over the grasses as if the meadow were a canvas and the airstreams were brush strokes making all sorts of swirls as if some artist was getting the feel of the brush against a new masterpiece. One of the great pleasures that I got while strolling along these roadways would be when a bird would land close to me on a fence or shrub and chirp at me as I meandered by. It was like they were trying to be friendly and say hello in their own special way. It was those times when it felt like God was walking with me and He wanted to show me His beautiful handiwork and all I needed to do was to take but a brief moment to stand in awe of His mastery. Isn’t it a shame that as we get older we look back to those days and wonder why we never took the time to enjoy His provisions for us? It seems like the older I get the faster life’s pace races ahead of me. It often seems as though my wife and I would no sooner get the lawn furniture out in the spring that it was time to put it away again for the winter. No wonder the bible tells us that our life is but a vapor for a little time and then it vanishes away. (James 4:14)

Then there were roads that I traveled that were hemmed in on both sides with tall field corn and all I could see was an empty road that seemed to run off in the distance going nowhere. It always gave me a sad lonesome feeling to be on roads like that. It reminded me of the many empty worthless miles in life that I have traveled. Not really going anywhere, just moving along with the pace of the world.

I can also remember roads that I traveled in the winter during a snowstorm. The way was slow and treacherous and you always had to keep looking ahead for dangers, quick stops, and turns. Yet there was something really beautiful about the way that the evergreen trees would reach out with their branches to catch piles of snowflakes as if the ends of each branch had hands; all the while saying if you look hard enough you will truly see the beauty of this day. And I thought to myself, you know that is where we do most of our living! On dangerous roads with sudden stops, steep mountains and blind curves. And all the while God is reaching out to us with the gift of His Son and asking, won’t you take time to accept the pure beauty of this gift that I am offering to you? I’m handing it to you as you pass by! All you need to do is reach out and take it. Just like the snow, it’s clean, and it’s pure, and this offer from me will only last but a season. Today is the day to take it, for tomorrow it will be too late! Stop! Look at the beauty of this gift! It was I who paid the full price for it so that I could offer it to you freely! It’s all around you and all you need to do is accept that it is there for the taking.

No doubt that our lives are filled with struggles, but in those struggles we can find moments of peace and rest. God sends blessings during those times to catch our attention so that we will take our eyes off of the situation and place out trust in His capable hands. It’s kind of like watching a bright red Cardinal in the midst of the falling snow. It catches your attention and you are filled with a peaceful joy as you watch it flutter from branch to branch. The storm itself seems to fade away for the moment and nothing else catches my attention more than the blessing of knowing that God is ever present with me wherever I go. All I need to do is reach out to Him in faith.

My Dear Friend,

Everyone travels these roads in their lives and so few stop to realize the great prize that is being presented to them. The snow is the salvation that God offers to each and every passerby. Some have stopped to admire its beauty and then with joy through faith they would reach out and take it. And the blessing is that there is plenty for all. All we need to do is help others to seize the moment and get them to stand still long enough to reach out and take it for themselves. I can’t bring the gift to you, but I can show you where it’s at. The evergreens of opportunity are stretching out their hands to us, begging us to take what God has provided. Today is the day to reach out to God! Every person needs to stop and take this gift to themselves; it can’t be done for you!

If you have never prayed a prayer asking Jesus to save you, then I invite you to follow along with these words so that you can receive the free gift of salvation.

Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you had shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven as I through faith, accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

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Place: _______________________________________________________ of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 too let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!