The rich and advanced nations of the world take good care of their citizens who are physically challenged and help them to live an independent life. Public places have wheelchair ramps, railings, lifts and special toilets. Buses and metros have convenient seats reserved for them. Important directions are marked out in braille. Such facilities are not available in developing countries where people with special needs still have to face great hurdles, physical as well as emotional.
However, hurdles are a part of everybody’s life, even those who have no physical deficiencies. In fact, to accept challenges and attempt to cross obstacles is characteristic of the human spirit. Some people make it their life’s ambition to climb Mount Everest. Others try to cross the oceans. Some athletes excel in races in which deliberate obstacles are placed on the track. Motoring events are organized in difficult terrain. In the Paralympics, wheelchair-bound players compete for winning medals.
The path of life is not easy for any one. Difficulties are to be expected on the road to progress. The journey of the spirit is no different either. Lord Jesus had advised people that they should of their own accord opt for the difficult path: “Enter through the narrow gate”, he had warned, “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
However, our spiritual path is made comfortable for us by God himself. Even if we have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we would have no reason to fear because he will be with us all along. (Psalm 23:4)
God himself shows us the path of life. In his presence there is fullness of joy. At his right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)