“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” Hebrews 12: 29
I’m not a dance expert – to say the least. In fact, I dance as badly as I sing. And just to be clear, I sing so badly that singing “Happy Birthday” could spoil a party. Suffice it to say the Lord has NOT gifted me in singing nor dance – at all. But I do know enough about dance to know some couples who dance whether professionally or simply for the pleasure of it memorize and rehearse and practice the steps in advance so they know what they’re doing. They know everything from beginning to end and therefore can get it all right. How beautifully they dance together when they’ve learned and practiced and it comes time for the big dance.
Then there are dancers who are so good at what they do and so good at partnering in dance that the woman so beautifully and elegantly and wonderfully follows the leading of the man that their dancing together is simply splendid. Absolutely lovely. Astonishingly wonderful. For he knows how to lead, she knows how to follow, they have an implicit trust in one another, and the end result is stunning to watch for anyone who appreciates dance. The woman needs to know nothing in advance other than she trusts the man to lead, and the man needs to know nothing more than that he trusts the woman to follow.
One morning the Lord impressed upon my heart that His message for me that day since He knows how much I like to be given a daily message of encouragement and direction was nothing more nor less than essentially this.
Let me lead. You follow.
Wasn’t He going to tell me all the steps in advance? Give me directions for the entire day? Tell me everything that would happen that day? In advance? Tell me everything so there wouldn’t be any surprises? So the day would be easy? So I would know everything He wanted me to do all up front? Give me my instructions all at one time? Tell me who would call, who would need help, where He would send me, whom He would introduce me to, what He wanted me to write, whether I should do one thing versus another, and so on?
We would have the perfect dance that way, wouldn’t we, the Lord and I? It would make things easy and comfortable for me, of course. But that wasn’t the point, was it? It wasn’t, and it isn’t, about ease and comfort and relying on knowing everything up front when it comes to our lives for those who believe in and follow Jesus.
The Lord wants us to love Him. And trust Him. And have faith in Him. And submit to Him. And seek Him. And hear Him. And let Him lead. And follow Him.
Sometimes the Lord tells us our steps in advance, and gives us directions for whole days, weeks, months, and even years. Sometimes He speaks to our hearts ahead of time where He wants us to go, what He wants us to do, etc. But sometimes He simply does what He did with me that day. He simply wants us to trust Him – and follow Him.
The job of a Christ follower is to follow Christ. And, in order to follow Jesus, we need to remember who does the leading. Not us, friend. But Jesus. He is the leader. And we who are His sheep, are to follow our leader. With humble hearts and great adoration, with loving reverence and always aspiring to bring the Lord love, honor, glory, and praise!