Whatever we may think and whatever the turn of events, the living Christ IS (and remains) the same— yesterday, today, and forever —and is always accessible here and now. Whosoever will may come and drink of the water of life freely. The requirements never change. They are very simple and very profound—very difficult and very easy. It is difficult, initially, to discern this road less traveled and to turn away from the way of the multitude:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
If you are continuously struggling in the mental and emotional labyrinth of the carnal mind— consumed by what if’s and if only’s —you are NOT on the narrow way. The difficult thing is to let go of those struggles and to simply and humbly abide in the “I Am” presence which is Christ-in-you. When, however, by the grace of God, you begin to recognize and abide in that living presence, you will also begin to see through the carnal mind which becomes transparent in the light of Christ. At that point, you can simply observe such struggles as they play themselves out within that pristine awareness which IS the mind of Christ. And at that point the Way becomes easy:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
When the distinction between these two roads is clearly realized, you will find yourself less and less willing to waste time and energy on the way that leads to destruction. Indeed, you will become more than willing to exchange everything which that road seems to offer, for the pearl of great price, which is Christ-in-you:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).
This does not mean that life will be pain free or that you will never be tempted to despair. The Way of life will continue to be the way of the cross and (for at least as long as any trace of the carnal mind remains) every new plateau will give way, eventually, to new challenges. But through it all, you have an anchor—the “I Am” presence which IS the living Christ.