Spirit Lead Me


“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going." - John 14:1–4

As a child I went hiking and fishing with my dad on my grandparents’ land near Houghton Lake, Michigan. We would walk out the back door of the cabin and soon be surrounded by oak trees, sumac bushes and fields of wild strawberries, blueberries and mint. There were occasional trails, and after a few miles of hiking, we would arrive at the lake to catch our breakfast.

The lake was serene at this early hour, and on most mornings the fish would be biting well. We could fish for a couple of hours, packing our catch into a metal trap, keeping them fresh until we would filet them for breakfast. Then we would hike our way back, tired, yet anxious to eat a wonderful meal.

Often, on our journey back to the cabin my father would stop and ask me, "Which direction is the cabin?" The first time this happened, fear crept over me with the sudden realization that without him I was completely lost. I knew I had to answer his question, so I picked a direction and pointed. My dad looked at me, smiled gently, and shook his head no. He hugged me, pointed the right way, and we walked on. His presence was so comforting when I was disoriented.

Life’s pathways are not always clearly marked. Trails wind into the wilderness and disappear, leaving no end in sight. And often you may wonder which way to go. But, as you journey through life, there is One you can trust to be your guide—the One who has already walked the path for you and who walks beside you even now.

Jesus offers so much more than direction or even a destination. Jesus offers relationship and companionship, not just to provide us a home or show us how to get there, but to be with us on the journey and embrace us as we arrive.

Lord, you are my home and my guide. When I am feeling lost and afraid on the journey, help me to look to you. Amen.
Jun 3 2018