One of the things I like about Michigan is we do not have toll roads.  It seems like every place I have lived there were tolls.  In Maryland there was the  Harbor Tunnel, 60 cents every time you went through it.  In New Jersey it was the NJ Turnpike, as well as, the Ben Franklin & Walt Whitman bridges every time we had to cross into Philadelphia, another 60 cents.  That’s 60 cents 35 years ago – I don’t know what it is today.  Every time we go and see Natalie it is the Ohio & Pennsylvania Turnpikes.  It about $25 one way just in tolls. Plus, you have to stop several times to get a ticket and pay the tolls.  At this one spot in Pennsylvania there is always only one toll booth for cash  payers and there is always a line. We go to Canada there is a toll bridge.  Tolls… Tolls… Tolls…



There is now a thing called EZ-Pass.  Instead of paying cash you can get an electronic set-up that lets you zip right through and it will detect you passed and figure out your toll and send you a monthly statement.  We don’t travel the toll roads enough to get such a pass – and, not sure how to go about it, but sitting 12th or 15th in line at a toll booth I have often wished for an EZ-Pass.



I think of Jesus’ famous statement, Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and the way is an EZ-Pass (easy) that leads to destruction, and those that enter by it are many.  You know, there are a lot of people that want an EZ-Pass in life.  A life that is not hard… no challenge… no commitments… no service…  In the same Sermon (on the Mount) Jesus said, Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you…   And, Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.



Yep, an EZ-Pass sure would be nice.  Now that I think of it, those toll booth gates are pretty narrow.