Skip to main content

Follow or Lead

Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised. When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders. The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out— but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you, of those committed to living by your rules. Your love, God, fills the earth! Train me to live by your counsel. (Psalm 119:60)

A long, careful look - more than a casual, once a week relationship with God - it takes us stopping long enough to take that look. We have to stop what we are doing - what we are deciding to do on our own - to really listen. It means we have to stop trying to figure things out on our own and lean into Jesus long enough and often enough to get our feet firmly planted on the trail God has blazed for us. 

What does 'feet back on the trail' really suggest? We don't need to get back on a trail unless we have somehow veered from the trail. If you have ever gone off a trail to bump along on where there is no trail, you know how likely you are to encounter things that bump up against you, presenting all manner of obstacles to your successful passage. Some of us have 'blazed' a few trails on our own, only to find those trails have left us way off-course. 

It often takes a long, careful look back at the trail God has laid out for us to remind us how difficult the trail we are blazing on our own really has become. We find ourselves hemmed in, surrounded by things that limit our progress forward - we may even feel like there is no way out of our present circumstances. A long look - attentiveness. A careful look - intent. This is what gets us back on our feet - not self-will, self-determination, or self-anything.

At the end of a rough trail we usually come to the realization that God's decisions - his plans for our lives - are the best. They are the most trust-worthy and reliable. How do we get to know his plans again if we have stepped off the trail he has prepared? We turn around and let him place our feet on that trail again. We don't get to that trail on our own - he brings us back and trains us how to stay attentive to the right path once again. 

We might think we find our own way back, but the truth is that God never let us get out of his sight. He guides us back at the point we are ready to return. Today you may find yourself on a path you didn't really think you would ever be on, but God isn't far away. He is right there waiting for you to call out - to seek to return to the path he has blazed - the one he has specifically prepared for you. Call out, get on your knees, seek his face - be open to being trained to follow and to no longer lead. Just sayin!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce

Scrubbed Up and Ready to Go!

Have you ever considered just how 'clean' your hands really are? In nursing school, I remember this exercise we did where we rubbed hand lotion on our hands, then were told to go scrub them to practice a good handwashing technique. Most of us were going the extra mile by scrubbing back and front, in between the fingers and then even up above the wrist area. Surely our hands were clean, right? We came back to the room for the 'inspection' of our handwashing jobs only to find our instructor had turned the lights off, had a black light set up, and inspected our hands under that glowing beast! Guess what else 'glowed'? Our hands! The lotion was 'laced' with this 'dust' that illuminates under the black light, allowing each of us to see the specific areas around cuticles, under nails, and even here and there on our hands that got totally missed by our good 'handwashing' technique! What we thought was clean really wasn't clean at all. Clean