When I first glanced at this photo, my initial reaction was unbelief. To my surprise, it is very real.  It is the Kinnaur Road in India, and it is known as one of the deadliest roads in the world.  It is 459 km in length, or approximately 285 miles.  It is easy to see from this photo why the road is so dangerous! It is an extremely narrow road that requires great skill in navigating.  To label this road as treacherous may be an understatement; and yet, it reminded me of this passage:
Matt. 7:14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
The Greek word for narrow is thlibo, which is translated as trouble, afflict, or suffer tribulation.  Think about that for a moment. Christ was telling His disciples that the road to life is affliction or tribulation, and there would be few that find it.
Now, imagine that you are in India, and the only way to get to your destination is the Kinnaur Road.  You may want to avoid it; you may try to see if there is an alternate route.  You may just decide that it’s not worth the risk and not go at all.  The problem is, if you don’t take the route, you won’t get to your destination.  This is what Christ was telling His disciples, and ultimately telling us: we can choose to avoid taking the route of suffering and affliction, but we won’t get to our destination.
Every time we avoid suffering, we are attempting to take a detour to the kingdom. It may seem easy to take the detour in this life, and the more detours we take, the easier it becomes.  The truth is, however, the more detours we take, the further we are removed from our destiny.  Then, one day, we will have to face the harsh truth that in the life to come, there is no detour.  There is only one road to life – the narrow road.