“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14 ESV )
I entered the very narrow gate in Japan. The gate was made out of strong and sharp bamboo. Because the gate is so narrow and hard, most Japanese don’t want to enter it. However, I entered the gate. When I entered it, I had to crouch very low so that my head didn’t bump the lintels and sides. I had to squeeze my skinny body to fit into the tiny space, and ended up with many bruises and scars for my efforts.
I sometimes rub them to make sure they are still there, but these scars no longer hurt me. My wounds have healed. They have become pieces of me. They are part of my identity.
This is my true story; painful and sad. Yet the biggest joys were waiting for me. I am a Japanese Christian who once was lost but now is found.