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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Following From the Front

(Timothy Griffin)
October 19, 2012

looking_up.jpgThere’s an old hymn entitled Where He Leads Me. The lyrics to the chorus are:

Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow;
I’ll go with Him, with Him, all the way.

The other day as I came across this song, my mind went back to a day about a year and a half ago when I was walking across the sanctuary of my home church. I was going to check on something in the sound booth.

As I began walking, I heard footsteps behind me and looked back to see that my youngest son had started off after me. Because, he is much shorter, he began to trot in order to catch up.

As he closed in, he looked ahead of me.  Because he could see only one destination, he confidently sped by me. After a few steps, he looked back, smiled and said, “I’m following you, daddy.”

I smile, even now, reminiscing on the innocence and cuteness of that moment. As I got close to the sound booth, I could have taken one of two directions. But seeing the way he was headed, I playfully went the other way. He looked back and saw that I was going a different direction and hurriedly got back in step behind me.

It was a cute moment, but as I reflect, it hits me that I’ve done that same thing with God on numerous occasions.

I start off following him, but before I know it, I think I know where we are going and I figure I can go on ahead to the destination.

keepsafe.jpgAs I take time to ponder that thought, I'm thinking how ridiculous it is for me to go ahead of my creator, my sustainer, He who is all-knowing and all powerful.

Furthermore, I consider how often I've gone ahead so confidently and unlike my child, not even bothered to look back to see that God was going a totally different direction and that I was wrong and alone.

In John 8:12 we are told, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

How often do you find yourself outside of the light? May it be our prayer to keep looking up to our leader, finding ourselves safely behind.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.