Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Company I Keep
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.