I like to play a little game with my son when he and I are walking. I hold his hand and walk a few steps faster, literally dragging him along. As soon as he catches up, I re-start the cycle and bolt ahead. Every few seconds I will look back to him. He is usually grinning or laughing. He trusts me and knows I will not let go of him nor would I lead him into danger. If my son ever attempted to fight me, he knows it would be futile, I am simply too strong.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
Psalms 37:23-24 (ESV)
When God leads me along an unfamiliar path, I often do not have the same confidence and trust that my son has in me. Even though God’s grip is strong, I fight it and am insistent on heading in the direction of my choosing. After all, I know myself, I know what is best. I know the best direction for my life! If I witnessed my son attempting to go in his own direction when I am holding his hand, I would probably laugh. I can only imagine how amusing and pathetic it must seem to God when I do the same thing.
Thanks be to God that He will never let go of me, in spite of my worst efforts to have my way! By His grace and mercy, I have trusted in His Son, Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. And He delights in me when I allow Him to lead.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.