The Road Not Taken
BY ROBERT FROST
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
It’s October, 2020. The leaves are gorgeous. We have spent another month living and working from our two-bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania. It comes with many challenges. I want to complain. I want to feel frustrated. I want to lament. But, I also want to walk on the road less traveled.
I have heard a variety of people say that they can not wait for the year 2020 to be over. I have heard that 2020 has been a terrible year. There are plenty of news articles offering millions of words about how horrendous the year 2020 has been. I recognize that the year 2020 has brought forth many challenging circumstances. But I ask myself, why do we allow difficult circumstances to define us? Why do we have a tendency to complain? Why do we have a tendency to only focus on the bad? Why do we choose the path most traveled? Why not walk on the road less traveled? Why not ask ourselves about all the good that the year 2020 has brought? I challenge you to thoroughly think about the question: What has been positive about the year 2020? Make a list. Write it down. Have you drawn closer to God this year? Has God prepared you, stretched you, and watched you grow this year? How has God provided for you this year? Has the kingdom of God been advanced this year through all the challenging circumstances? I am not sure that we can fully know the answer to that question, but I do feel like if we are constantly focused on the negatives, it does not reflect well on our faith. I pray that each one of you will take some time to reflect on your attitude.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
We have had a lot of activity over the past month. We drove to Harrisonburg, VA and visited our friend and fellow San Juan missionary, Daniel Greenwalt. We explored Grand Caverns and ate authentic Dominican food at a local Dominican restaurant. I am slightly jealous that we cannot get this food so easily here in PA, but at the same time, it gives me something to look forward to when we finally get back to San Juan. From Virginia, we drove to Williamstown, KY and went to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. It was awesome and I highly recommend it. From Kentucky, we headed to Carmel, IN for the Solid Rock staff retreat. Having all of us together again was super refreshing! I thoroughly enjoyed our group sessions on discipleship. From Indiana, we made the long drive back to PA and were thankful for some audiobooks that made the time more entertaining.
We also surprised the kids with tickets to a For King &Country drive-in concert. It was a spectacular show! Ethan’s fall baseball season finished up and Miriam has been taking in-studio ballet and tap classes locally. Our camping trip to Sinnemahoning State Park was beautiful. The leaves showed off their exuberant colors in the sunshine. We saw elk, deer, and turkey. We had a lot of hands-on-learning experiences recently, but we also continue with our homeschool curriculum each weekday. We have even ordered a few more workbooks to round out our curriculum a bit more. As I continue to hear that Dominican school will be virtual in 2020-2021, my hopes for Miriam and Ethan attending Lucille Rupp this school year have diminished.
We continue to work remotely to support our Dominican staff and programs from here. As a staff, we have been working with the healthcare committee of Solid Rock to try to think through what our protocols will be once teams are on the ground again in San Juan. Because of the fluidity of the global pandemic and all its repercussions, this is not an easy process. We are trying to answer some difficult questions. However, I have faith that all the pieces will fall together in God’s perfect timing.
- Visa Process. I feel like things are moving along (at least I really hope). I get a sense that our attorney’s office is actually doing something. Keep praying that everything falls into place!
- Physical Therapy for our Child Nutrition Program kids with special needs. We have started a new relationship with a physical therapy center in Las Matas. We will be transporting our kids there once a week from the clinic in El Cercado. Pray that the treatment programs established will help fulfill just one of the great needs that these children have. Pray that the center will be a place of encouragement for the caregivers/parents.
- For San Juan. COVID-19 cases continue to increase there daily. Pray for the people there. Pray for our Dominican staff and clinics. Pray that God’s glory will be seen through the difficult circumstances.
- For an upcoming sermon. We will be sharing at our home church on November, 22.
Thank you for praying. We appreciate you!