“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” ~ Isaiah 58:11, NKJV

The Lord is teaching me something that is changing my life.

He has shown me His Presence. He has opened my ears to hear His sweet whispers of love. My God has made me aware of the follies of worrying about tomorrow. And now He is helping me understand about His guidance.

Isn’t this the leading question in most of our minds: “Lord,what do you want me to do? Where do you want me to go? Please show me Your will.”

Did I hit a nerve? I KNOW! We make everything so complicated, but God says, “Come and sit with me awhile. Lean on Me and not your own understanding.”

Here’s the thing: As I totally grasp the thought that the Lord is holding me by the hand (Psalm 139:10) and begin to walk in that reality, then I must take the quantum leap and understand that He is directing my steps. He is the Leader; I am the follower. We know that He shows us one step at a time, right? Rarely do we see the entire path that lies ahead.

But here is the dilemma.
I like to be in control.
I like to show the Lord my desired path and pull him along like my kids did when they were little and wanted to show me a “treasure”.

It doesn’t work that way.

God’s orchestration of my life is beautiful.

When I am seeking Him, loving Him, honoring Him with my life – then His hand is upon me. I am giving Him His rightful place as Lord in my life. My focus is on Him, not me. My focus is on Him, not my confusion. His hand steers me each step because I am holding His hand. When I am in this intimate relationship with Him, doing my best to obey Him each moment of each day, then I can trust that He will steer me down the path He has chosen for me.

If I am close enough to hold His hand, then I am close enough to hear Him whisper.
If I am close enough to hear Him whisper, then I am close enough to know and trust the next step.

It actually takes the pressure off of me. I don’t need to figure out everything. I only need to hold onto my Daddy’s hand. He’ll take care of the rest.

Father God, It is such a comfort to realize that You really do walk with us, and talk with us, and lead us by the hand just like Your Word teaches. Thank You for opening my eyes to see this beautiful image of walking hand in hand with You. And thank You for opening my heart to understand how much You love and care for me. I ask that You speak this same truth to my friends. Seal it in their hearts by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Let them know Your Presence in their lives. Thank You Lord. You alone are worthy of our praise.
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