Let God Lead

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Our dog, Bear, likes to lead. He isn’t fond of being led. I attribute this to the fact he truly is an intelligent animal. Not all that obedient, but intelligent, nonetheless.

Bear believes he knows where we are headed when we go for a walk. He thinks it’s up to him to set the pace and direction. Bear strains against his leash and tries to pull us his way, his pace, urging us to follow his lead. Only, more times than not, he doesn’t know where we’re going, and he doesn’t know the pace we want to set.

As aggravating and annoying as it is when Bear behaves this way, I can’t get too upset with him. You want to know why? Because I’m very much like Bear, and perhaps you are too.

We’re intelligent creatures. We know what’s best. We have a plan, and set a pace to get where we’re going. We don’t need to follow anyone. Sometimes we head off down a wrong path, and urge God to follow and bless the way we’ve chosen instead of following God’s lead. Sometimes we set a time frame for achieving our goal, and don’t pay a bit of attention to the pace God sets in his perfect timing.

When Pilot and I moved to Texas from Florida, we had a plan and a timeline. God had a different plan and timeline.

When I set out to write books, I had a plan and timeline. God had a different plan and timeline.

Walking with Bear would be so much easier if he followed our lead and went at our pace.

I believe walking with God would be so much easier if we followed his lead, and went at his pace. God leads. We follow. Simple as that. God does have our best interest at heart, you know.

Do you have trouble allowing God to lead?

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For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Noblest of All Men

The Bible does not tell us much about Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, but what it does say, speaks volumes.

Though he had every right, through the law, to break off his engagement to Mary when he discovered she was pregnant, Joseph wanted to do it quietly. He loved her, and didn’t want to publicly humiliate her.

When he learned Mary was pregnant with the Savior of the world, he understood he would raise a child who was not his biologically. Yet, Joseph vowed to love God’s son as his own flesh, and raise him as his own. What a challenge in any time, but especially during the time Jesus was born. Joseph was willing to stand with Mary, support her, love her and her child, and endure the cruel gossips of the day.

Nobel Joseph. Honorable Joseph. Hardworking Joseph. Devoted. Committed. God-fearing. Obedient. Loving husband. Loving father.

Like Joseph, maybe we’ve been called by God to stand with someone others are unjustly condemning. Maybe we’ve been put in an uncomfortable situation, and asked to do things that take us out of our comfort zone for Jesus’ sake. Maybe we’ve had to lead from the shadows, without recognition.

Joseph did all that, yet, he was the noblest of all men. His name will be remembered for all eternity as the man chosen by the Creator of the Universe to raise the Messiah. What an amazing honor and privilege.

 

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, but before they married, she learned she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man, he did not want to disgrace her in public, so he planned to divorce her secretly. While Joseph thought about these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:18-21

I wish you well.

Sandy

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