Unless we learn from our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them over and over again. If history teaches us anything, it is that people and societies are as sheep; following each other down the same path even if it leads to their destruction. Unlike sheep, we can learn not to go down that path since we have the capacity to find a new one.
It has always fascinated me to watch our neighbor's herd of horses as they traverse the pasture. All it takes is one horse to decide it is time to head for the pond for water or the trees for shade and amazingly, all the other horses start moving in the same direction. There was no secret signal given or announcement made on the horse social networking site. All that happened was one horse decided to move and the others follow behind.
My grandfather was a cowboy for many years. He drove cattle from Kansas to Texas in the fall and back to Kansas in the spring. Without people like him directing them, those cattle would have wandered aimlessly and died of starvation during the bleak winter months. Without prodding and direction, those cattle would never get back to enjoy the lush new growth of tall grass in the spring.
"The Lord is my shepherd " is a phrase we learn early in life, but few of us fully understand what it means. A shepherd s job is to direct, protect and make sure the flock not only stays out of trouble but finds food and water. The shepherd guards the flock from wolves and keeps the flock from getting lost.
If we allow the Lord to be our shepherd, it is possible to stay on the "straight and narrow" path that leads to a righteous life. The shepherd knows where the cool water is and where the finest pastures are found. We don't know what is at the tip of our nose, but the shepherd knows what is best for us and how to get us there.
Leadership is as much about the humility to follow as taking charge of everything. Submitting to the Lord is allowing Him to be the leader of our lives. Trust me when I say it is far easier and infinitely better to allow the Lord to lead us beside the still waters than it is to spend a lifetime looking for a drop of water in the desert.
Those who claim to have all the answers and demand others follow them usually end up going over a cliff and all those behind do the same. It behooves us to break free from either wandering away on our own or simply following the sheep in front of us. It is vital that we understand the need to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding . If we acknowledge Him in all our ways, the Lord will certainly direct our paths.
Very well said. Amen. We need to learn to "listen" to the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our training begins by picking up the Word of God and reading it for ourselves and not simply listening to what other people tell us it says. What you say here is beautifully stated. Thank you.
I've traveled from Kansas to Texas before and I am thinking right now that there are some pretty desolate areas there. I'm thinking right now about how often we balk at where God is leading us. "Why, this can't possibly be right!", we exclaim for of course... we know best, LOL!
I want to be willing to follow Him wherever He leads... whether I like the surroundings or not.