“Bonaparte remained in Paris, forming schemes for the gratification of his ambition, and his desire of making a figure in the world; but obstacles opposed all he attempted.”
This was said by Napoléon Bonaparte’s biographer. Yet, see how he went on to alter the course of history and become one of the most impactful leaders of all time. It was said by this biographer, that if Napoléon’s wishes had been granted when he desired a particular course, Europe’s fate – not to talk of his own fate – would have been markedly different.
Had Joseph enjoyed approval from his brothers, had he not been sold into slavery against his wish, had he not been falsely accused and put in prison, his destiny and the course of history may have been very different. At least we can say that his travails and tribulations contributed to his eventual enthronement and the rescue of a civilization.
As the scriptures say,”Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
This refers to eternal life and I am also convinced that it applies to the present. Maybe we should really rejoice when the way is difficult. Maybe the strait gate and the narrow path really leads to life, fulfillment and significance here now and the wide gate and the broad way leads to destruction and mediocrity.
Moses too was raised as crown prince of Egypt but he only became ready to step into his destiny as one of the greatest leaders of all time after spending 40 precious years away from comfort and ease. While I am fully convinced his first 40 years enjoying opulence and being part of Egyptian royalty was key, I doubt if he would have been able to lead, had he not gone through the strait and narrow.
What if you really need a stint in the strait and narrow for your own good and that of others, if not for present and future generations? Maybe then we should rejoice when we have to go through discomfort, hurts and pain for a season, against our wishes. Could the obstacles on your way be a sign that you are being guided by an Invisible Hand to a destiny that is bigger than you?