Some of my favorite childhood memories are of trips and adventures with my dad. My dad has always loved to travel and to take my family to new places. I still remember him waking my sister and I up one (somewhat rainy) day to go hiking.
Each time we traveled to a new place, I trusted my dad to get us there. I’m honestly not sure how anyone got anywhere during the days without a GPS. Nonetheless, he always got us where we needed to be. As I young girl, there were many occasions where I struggled just to keep up with my dad. He would often hold my hand in a large crowd to help guide me, and keep me from getting lost. He lead the way, and I followed his footsteps.
As is true for most every child, I had no sense of direction (some things never change), I had a tendency to want to go my own way, and I needed my father to guide me. Now I am twenty-one years old, married and working full-time, and yet the same is still true today.
I need my heavenly Father to lead me – every. single. day.
In the Bible, in John chapter 10, God’s people are described as sheep. If you know anything about sheep, you know that they are not very smart animals; they have a tendency to wander off and get lost. They are unable to defend themselves and are quick to follow the crowd. All sheep need a shepherd to lead them. Jesus is our shepherd, and He calls out for us to follow Him.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” -John 10:27
This life on Earth is filled with many challenges and we have to face new ones almost every day. As a Christian, I have seen how the enemy has tried his best to keep me from obeying God and following Him. To walk through life without Christ, is to walk alone in darkness. However, God’s Word assures me that I don’t have to walk alone! Check out this verse:
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
It is so great to know that in the same way I followed my dad as a young child, I can follow my Heavenly Father through every step of life. I don’t have to make choices alone, or be afraid of what lies ahead.
I choose to let God lead, and follow my Father’s footsteps.