Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday Moment: He Leadeth

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me....
-Joseph H. Gilmore, 1862

Are there all that many times in our lives when we recognize - in the midst of our happening happenstances - that God, Himself, is leading us? That He, in His omniscient kindness and grace, has reached out and taken hold of our hand and is leading... gently, steadily pulling... us along?

If it's happened to me before, I didn't recognize it. I've never, at the end of the day, sat back and said, Wow. This day wasn't me. This day wasn't my own. Have you? I hadn't....

Until today.

The things we passed, right? After eleven hours on the road, we took in quite a bit, didn't we? First, the pastures of northeast Texas. Then the cattle and equine country of central Texas....


Yikes. Then the rattler-ridden Texas panhandle....


...Then the mishmash Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas cotton and wheat fields.

Finally, here we are tonight in Kansas. In the town that's home to the Wizard of Oz museum. I honestly feel like I'm in Oz. I feel like I traveled a pre-laid yellow brick road to end up, so far, here.

Do our lives require leading? We have plans, after all. Plans. Huh. I marvel at the turn my life has taken in the past month. Remember how excited we were about the beginning of fall? I had so many plans. I had things on the calendar and things going on and things to do. I had, I thought, my days arranged. Then one thing after another... bam, bam, bam... and here I am. In Wizard of Oz Kansas. Here I am, in place where I know no one and need a map to find my way out of town. Here I am, feeling as though I'm being physically led to another place.

Do we have a God who leads? Absolutely. Look at Abram in Genesis 12. Look at the nation of Israel in Exodus 14. Do we serve a God who rearranges lives and details to accomplish His purpose? Yup. Check out Joseph's wild ride beginning in Genesis 37. Look at what happened in Joshua's life in Joshua 10. God watches. God moves. God directs. God leads. What a kind, all-knowing God... a loving, leading Father, who isn't above tipping over lives or reaching out and taking hold of hands to lead us to another place. A place of learning. A place of leaning. A place of seeking. A place of healing.

Most of you have never met me. Trust me, I'm nothing special. My life is nothing cool. But my God, on the other hand, is awesome. I stand amazed in His presence. I lived in awe of His mercy and His goodness and His never-ending patience. I get up tomorrow morning in expectation of what He'll do and say and where He'll lead. And the wonderful thing about His leading is that sometimes it's not even to a place. Sometimes it's just to pray. To give. To forgive. To stop. To be still. To turn back to Him.

But He does lead. I experienced that today. If He's found my hand, He can find yours, too. If He can make something of my messy life, He can make something beautiful of yours, too.

Lead on, O King eternal. We're waiting to see where You go. Lead on.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me;
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

12 comments:

A Woman Who is: said...

I am rejoicing with you for such a powerful day, such an amazing day with the King.

Exo 13:21 GOD went ahead of them in a Pillar of Cloud during the day to guide them on the way, and at night in a Pillar of Fire to give them light; thus they could travel both day and night.

I love that God leads us both in the day time and even in the night seasons of our soul.

betty r said...

He leadeth me.. what precious words! I too stand amazed at how God has led in my life. Keep being faithful in following Him, Brin..letting Him lead you on this path which He chose for you.
Wondrous things are happening...
James 1:2

Becky K. said...

Excellent use of the words of the hymns. Your day sounds wonderful and full of the Lord's presence.
Rejoice in HIM! Don't you love that the Lord already has HIS plans for you and that even though you have no idea what tomorrow will hold HE has it firmly in HIS hand.
Thanks for taking us on this adventure with you.
Becky K.

betty r said...

I got my first Victoria magazine...thank you so much!!

Brambleberry said...

You're following the best Leader. Blessings!!

Terri and Bob said...

Amen! Knowing the Lord is leading takes away all my worries... He is here to guide and suggest and Lead.... I love your thought about God finding your hand...

ajinman said...

I just found your blog last week. I have been reading your archive as well as looking forward to seeing what you have to say each day. You are very talented and each entry never fails to pull me into your world. It is actually kind of scary how I can relate to almost everything that I have read so far. And because of you, I have decided that I am going to learn how to knit. I am so excited about learning how to create something with my hands. Thank you for allowing me to share in your life. I wish I could explain better how reading your words has made me see that maybe the things that I feel deep down are ok. I am so thankful that you have invited us all on your adventure. I am looking forward to the journey.

Sue said...

He's gotten me this far, truly amazing! Were never alone, remember that Brin, and please don't get lost, I hear Kansas is flat and boring! lol

Teri in CO said...

I'm a "newer" reader of your blog and I think you must be headed in my direction (Colorado?). I'm a native Texan which initially drew me to your blog (can't remember how I found it) and my neice's name is Brynn... and I haven't heard that name too often. Anyway, just wanted to say I'm enjoying reading about your journey and your house and your life!

Teri in CO

Vee said...

Amen, may it be so...

naomi said...

So encouraging to read this ...... I' so thankful to have found your little spot of "God's Sunshine".

naomi

ancient one said...

Go Brin!! Follow HIM !!