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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Leading the Blind

As He walked across the stage to sit down the picture painted a thousand words in my mind. Scott McEntyre, a blind contestant on American Idol, had to be guided through every step. He had no choice. It was his life.

What if we were like Scott?

What if we were that dependent?

Would life look different?

If you could not see one step in front of you, would you wait on someone to guide you or would you feel your way on your own?

Jesus waited for His every step from the One who saw the big picture. He knew He was not to lean on His own understanding.

It's a lost art in this day and age. We are taught to figure things out, get it right, take care of ourselves. Self-reliance is affirmed in the world around us. Do we really have any clue what it means to be totally dependent on anyone?

My daughter is getting married. The truth is we don't have enough money to cover all the expenses. We know God will provide. We've already seen Him cover things in unexpected ways. She's happy to have what He has for her, but sometimes we both feel the pressure to figure it all out.

She came to talk about the wedding cake. It's easy for her to bring the costs to her dad and I, after all we look like the ones who are supposed to have answers. I could feel the tension mounting inside me to come up with a way to cover the expense, when Jesus spoke to me.

"Jewel, tell her to come to me with each detail of this wedding, first." "Tell her I have a cake picked out for her, one I will provide for." "Tell her to ask me to let her fall in love with the one I've chosen for her." "Tell her to give it to me to cover." "She's looking to you and David." "You are not her resource, I am." "Teach her to depend on Me." "Oh and by the way, you need to remember too."

Jesus knows the path of trust. He was not self-reliant. He didn't have to come up with the answers. He knew God had the answers to life around Him. He knew the Father had His needs figured out and would cover them. He didn't fret or struggle to make it all happen. He waited to be covered. He spoke what the Father told Him to speak. He went where the Father told Him to go. He said what the Father told Him to say. Dependence was a way of life for Him.

Why do I not think life should be the same for me?

He speaks to me again. "Do not lean on your own understanding, Jewel." "In all your ways acknowledge Me. "Look to Me in all things, big and small. I will direct your path. I never meant for you to lean on yourself. I made you lean on Me." "I've got your covered."

He knows the path. He knows the answers. He has it all cared for. Whose understanding will I lean on? Mine or His? One will carry the burden, the other will relieve it.

It's pretty simple to understand, yet hard to live. Jesus asks me to live what He lived. Rely on the Father alone. Don't look to myself. Don't try to figure things out.

In those moments of blindness my need for dependence is great. I cannot see. I have no choice. I must be led. Need invites dependence. Dependence leads to life.

He's familiar with all my ways. Every detail is cared for by the One who ordained my life. It's was the path of Jesus. It's the path He wants for me. Self-reliance will kill me, while dependence will bring me life. Jesus knew this. He chose the path of life. It is there I will find Him. It's where He walked. It's where He now waits to walk with me.

Laying aside my world's entanglements I choose to stand in my blindness and wait. I know He is there. I feel His touch. I hear His voice. Rest permeates my body as I lean into Him knowing; He's been waiting for me. He's got me covered.

What about you? Is your immediate response to turn to Him or to try to figure it out? Is dependence more familiar to you or self-reliance?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge (look to) Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5 & 6

You can find Julie at her blog: Jewelz Sightings

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Blogger Denise said...

Precious, bless you.

May 13, 2009 at 4:14 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I'm guilty, I don't always turn to Him, first.

This was a great reminder that He has our plans to life waiting for us.

In His Grace,

May 13, 2009 at 5:53 AM  
Blogger TCKK said...

What a great post. It's so true. Why do I try to do it instead of letting Him? Thank you for reminding me again.

May 13, 2009 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Michele Williams said...

Great post and unfortunately so true! Thank you for the reminder. God bless you...

May 13, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Wow; this was something I really needed to read this morning. The words you wrote spoke to my heart and I thank you. I keep trying to figure things out and then pray. It should be the other way around; pray and depend on the Lord. He knows what to do and He will provide all I need according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Thank you for writing this and providing a wonderful example to illustrate.

May 13, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous HisFireFly said...

Great words, thank you! This is a new way of looking at a passage of scripture that I have buried in my heart. He DOES have us covered, but we seem to strike out on our own so often. Praise Him for His grace and forgiveness.

May 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

How could you know that I would need this today, Friend?
love you.

May 13, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Plowlady said...

Hi there, first off, God DOES come to us and through for us when we least expect it - I have a whole list I could share of incredible miracles when it LOOKED like there were no help, He WAS there!

Secondly, I understand your dilema, may I suggest something? Now it may NOT be picture perfect, but when I was young (20) and married my first husband - long story, dont ask!, well, all my parents could do for us was give $500 TOWARDS the wedding...I handmade a beautiful dress, costing me $20 and it was pretty! The only bought thing was a cake specially made, otherwise, my inlaws were generous enough to put together a buffet style home cooked meal and we first married at the courthouse, took a week honeymoon, came back to a reception at their house. It was cheap on the wallet AND i said, it was NOT picture perfect, but it was nice....maybe cut some of the cost this way????

May 14, 2009 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Oh---that is it!

"You are not her resource, I am." "Teach her to depend on Me." "Oh and by the way, you need to remember too."

Oh my how I do need to REMEMBER every little thing I am trying to pass on to them! HE Is their Resource---in EVERY situation!!!

God is faithful...and He is listening---you are such a blessing Julie!

May 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

I am a mother of 4 adult children who I am, not them, wondering how much to help them when they get into a fix which is every month. This is the answer I have been praying for. Their reliance needs to be on him and not me...Thank you for being used by our Lord.

May 14, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Thank you for this AWESOME message you left this morning. I just re-dedicated my life to Christ yesterday morning and woke up this morning angry and down for some reason...which I have no reason why. But this devotional ,after reading it again tonight...really opened my eyes tonight, so thank you...I needed it.

May 14, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

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