Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Company I Keep

We know that our life is a journey and that Jesus promised to show us the way to go.  It occurs to me, though, that there are different ways to travel.

Christ wants to be my companion.  He does not want to find me lingering on the path so that He has to walk ahead and urge me to get moving.  He does not want me to be preoccupied with my other companions so that I lose focus.  He wants me to stay close so that I can hear Him.

I need to pay attention.
God will tell me where to go, but the voice I hear should come from behind me.
Whether you turn to the right or left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way.  Walk in it."--Isaiah 30:21

Every day, I choose where to go and with whom.  I look down the various paths to see on which one Christ waits for me, but I err in this.  My Jesus should be constantly near so that He gives only a gentle nudge from beside or behind, not down some far off road calling, hoping I have ears to hear.

The journey we take with our God is not supposed to involve slowing down or catching up or pulling at a lead or lingering behind.  He wants us close enough so that we can know His arm around our shoulder and expect a  sweet whisper in our ear. 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.  I will counsel you and watch over you.  Do not be like the horse or mule which has no understanding but must be controlled by a bridle or they will not come to you.--Psalm 32: 8-9

We make this journey not as master and servant, but with Father, Brother, Friend.  We make it with the sweetest of companions.


  1. I love this -- to not look down the path and see Jesus at the end, but to just be able to look to the left or right and see Him right beside me. Awesome image.

  2. Companion - I love this image. Thank you.

  3. I love where you said, we should "expect a sweet whisper in our ear." Beautiful word picture. Thank you.

  4. What lovely thoughts. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  5. Thanks for this post, very timely for me. new follower from the hop, would love a follow back.

  6. Amen and amen! I love the imagery of Him as our companion!

  7. It is my daily prayer that God will allow me to hear His voice, that I will know the prodding of the Holy Spirit in me, in what to do, where to go and what to say in every situation, especially in very difficult ones. Thanks for the reminder that I do have a perfect companion everytime. Glory to God alone!

    1. And a great daily prayer it is. Lately, I'm seeing that we need no more than to keep Christ close.

  8. I like what you said here, "My Jesus should be constantly near so that He gives only a gentle nudge from beside or behind, not down some far off road calling, hoping I have ears to hear."

    So true.


  9. I know if I thought of Jesus as my constant companion and just stuck with Him, I would make much fewer mistakes,
    That was so interesting about your husband in Thailand. You should tell his story in a blog post.