I was thinking tonight about how we decide to take action. Generally there seem to be two ways to act: We can "react" to circumstances that come up or we can anticipate circumstances and be "proactive" to get ahead of problems. But tonight a third way of acting occurred: We can follow leadership coming from an outside source. Sometimes following can be kind of mindless. I remember marching in the Navy and being boxed in by guys on all sides. It didn't take a lot of effort or energy to follow then. But how beautiful to have the kind of intimate relationship with our Lord that allows us to sense His presence, hear His voice, feel His nudge and know He is our guide. I really believe that we can follow the Lord. Of course, if we're going to practice this kind of following it will call for focus, blocking out many distractions, communication and a confidence that He will show up in our lives. Perhaps our need for direction can become one our greatest catalysts for growth.
Matthew 9:9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.