So when a friend shared a special quote with me recently, I was delighted. Here it is:
Except HE go before me, I cannot go.
It sounds so profound and so concise! And then I started mulling it over. You know, meditating on it. And I started deconstructing it and examining it from all different angles. Wow. Just wow.
Except....this word is completely exclusive. If the following specific thing does not happen, then there is no way to obtain the desired outcome. There is only one single solitary way I can go.
HE.....God. My Father. My Friend. My Strength. My Comforter. My Refuge. My Commander. My Shepherd. My Savior. The God of the Universe would do something for me.
Go BEFORE me.....He is leading me. He is actually in front of me. My mind came up with two specific images. The first one is set in a deep dark jungle. There are vines hanging down The canopy above is so thick and keeping out all sunlight so that I cannot tell if it's day or night. I'm sure there are scary things lurking in the thick underbrush. I am represented by a small vulnerable child. And God is in front of me hacking down the forest. He is making the way passable.
I also imagined myself as the excited little child flitting to and fro trying to see and experience a little bit of everything. And God is lovingly letting me investigate everything. Well, everything that is safe. If I start to move toward something dangerous, He steps in front of me and does not allow me to go forward.
I cannot go.....I am unequipped. I need Him to make the way clear. I need Him to prevent me from harming myself. I am not strong enough . . . or tough enough . . . to fight through the battles that I will face along the path ahead. I am not discerning enough to find my way through the tangles.
If, and ONLY if, God goes before me to lead me and to protect me I cannot find my way or get where He needs me to go.
"I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to FOLLOW Jesus
No turning back. No turning back."