Have you ever led a tour? been responsible for a large group of people traveling a long distance? chaperoned a class trip, band trip, or sports traveling team? At the end of the day, what is your primary purpose?
You must return safely the same amount of first graders, hockey players, or adult day care residents with which you started. Start with 17. Return with 17. Not 14. Not 8.
That can be a challenge. Little kids get lost at parks. A car in the caravan doesn’t make it through a red light. Inquisitive old folks can wander. My wife’s high school class was stopped on their senior trip when a highway patrol officer with flashing lights pulled over their bus to deliver an embarrassed classmate left behind in Indiana (and they hadn’t yet realized it). Thankfully, he was safe.
Your divine Guide has a primary purpose: to bring you safely to his heavenly kingdom. He watches you and protects you like a shepherd. He promises, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27,28).
Lost or lonely? Listen to his voice. Underappreciated or overworked? He knows. You’re safe. You’re in good hands. Now follow where he leads and don’t be afraid.
Pastor Daron Lindemann is pastor at a new mission start in Pflugerville, Texas. Previously he served in downtown Milwaukee and in Irmo, South Carolina. Daron has authored articles or series for Forward in Christmagazine, Preach the Word, and his own weekly Grace MEMO devotions. He lives in Texas with his wife, Cara, and has two adult sons.
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