Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The Leader

Three years ago, before we got our beagle, Ellie, I began studying dog training. I read that dogs don’t want to be the “boss,” even though it may seem so at times.  Dogs desire someone to be the leader, the protector, and the provider for the “pack.”  However, if no one steps up to the job, our dog will act as the pack leader.

Humans, like dogs, seek a leader.  We want someone to show us the way we should go. 

During our first trip to New York, we clearly needed to know more about the layout of the city, especially the subway system.  (If you haven't been to New York City, there are a bunch of subway lines, each designated with a different color. The subway map looked like a whole box of crayons!) After that, our oldest daughter took it upon herself to memorize not only all the subway lines but also the layout of the avenues and streets.  When we returned to New York three years later for Thanksgiving, she was our leader.  She knew what she needed to know to guide us, we knew she knew and she knew that we knew.  It worked out well.  I particularly remember the seven of us walking to the spot to watch the Macy's parade. In a sea of people, we were each simply following our daughter. She was wearing a white wool cap, so I knew if I just kept that white hat in my sights, I wouldn't get lost.

We all just need, and want, a leader.

Thankfully, for those of us who have trusted in the Lord Jesus, we have the most perfect of leaders.  We have a leader who is not only completely capable of leading but abundantly desirous of leading as well.  He knows the way because He has been there before.  He created the land upon which the roads rest.  He made the sun which illuminates the way.  It is His creation, and He promises to lead and guide us through it. But He will not force us.  We must desire His leading, much like our little dog Ellie desires us to lead her.  Our heart’s prayer must be that of the psalmist…

“Lead me, O Lord, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies; 

make Thy way straight before my face,” (Psalm 5:8.)

“...for Thou, Lord, only makest me to dwell in safety,” (Psalm 4:8.)

When we turn our hearts to Him as our guide, He will perfectly fulfill His role.  

There is no other who can do so.

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:  for I am God, and there is none else.”

(Isaiah 45:22)

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

(John 10:27.)

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