Make me know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day. —Psalm 24:4-5
When I was in college I worked at a summer camp that had a large lake with a swimming area. During free time the staff was allowed to swim outside this area, on the other side of the dock. One hot day I took advantage of this perk and dove in for a swim. As I came up from the water I could see a friend waving at me from the dock. As I got closer I heard her yell, “Stop swimming! You’re surrounded!”
You see, this lake, and our dock in particular, was especially popular with the geese. Each morning someone would sweep the piles of goose droppings off the dock into the lake so that the swimming area was clean.
I was surrounded.
Thank goodness for good friends. I stopped where I was and allowed her to navigate me through the minefield of goose droppings to the safety of the dock. The problem was that I couldn’t see what I was surrounded by. I couldn’t see my way out of this bad situation, and I certainly couldn’t get out of it by myself. I needed a guide.
How many times have I been surrounded by yucky things in my life? How many times have I needed a guide? How easy is it for me to try to navigate my way out on my own, instead of turning to the One who is our guide?
Lord, be my guide. Remind me to turn to you in my time of need. Give me the strength to follow wherever you lead. Amen.
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