Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Where He Leads Me I Will Follow

My dog Holly is a sweetheart who loves to follow me around. 

When I am home, she's always nearby- 
usually right at my feet. 

If I am sitting in my chair in the living room- 
she's laying on the ottoman.

If I am cooking in the kitchen-
 she's laying on the floor watching-
and hoping for a snack. 

If I am in the bathroom getting ready- 
she's laying on the rug next to me. 

I love that sweet dog and the fact that she always wants to be by me. 

But sometimes.........
sometimes it drives me absolutely BATTY!! 

It drives me batty because when I am sitting down and stand up- 
she also stands up.

And then she starts walking- 
in front of me. 

The problem with that?
She has no idea where we are going!!!

And so many many many many times 
I almost step on her and almost fall over her. 

And I've told her a million times that one day 
I'm going to fall and hurt myself or her.
I tell her all the time that she needs to follow- 
not try to lead- since she doesn't know my plan. 

And of course, since she's a dog- 
she has no idea what I'm saying and continues to walk in front of me.

The other day as I said those words I thought.........
Hmm......I wonder if that's what God thinks about me?


Because so often, I try to lead
and I don't know what HIS plan is. 

And sometimes I don't take the time to ask Him
and instead go ahead on my own, 
with my own agenda and plan.

I don't take the time to sit at His feet and
be still and just listen. 

And so sometimes
(too often if I am totally honest)
I'm sure that He has to get tired of me trying to lead,
when I should be following. 

And so now, every time Holly starts to lead
and I almost trip over her
I think of it as a reminder from God for 
 me to stop and let the one who knows all to lead me. 


 I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
“Take thy cross and follow, follow Me.”

I’ll go with Him through the garden,
I’ll go with Him through the garden,
I’ll go with Him through the garden,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.

I’ll go with Him through the judgment,
I’ll go with Him through the judgment,
I’ll go with Him through the judgment,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.

He will give me grace and glory,
He will give me grace and glory,
He will give me grace and glory,
And go with me, with me all the way.

Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow;
I’ll go with Him, with Him, all the way.


7 comments:

  1. Thanks you (and Holly) for this reminder. :)

    Chris

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  2. I have to thank you also for the reminder that I should follow and not lead.

    I love how you can get insight like this from something so simple (and annoying).

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  3. You are so right, I do the same thing. Thank You so much for the reminder. I love your insight. " Where he leads I will follow.

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  4. Thank you for this - it really hit home. (thank you Holly)

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  5. Truer words were never spoken.

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  6. Amazing how our dogs can teach us so many things about living the Christian life. Lessons about trust and unconditional love, in particular. (I have a fridge magnet on my filing cabinet, here in the office. Under a cute picture of a dog, it says, "If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion."

    As to our hymns: If you enjoy reading about how they came to be written, and about their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

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