“And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.” – Mark 2:14
Have you ever been invited to a gathering and, even with the address in hand and a map of the city, still did not know exactly how to get there? Being without a GPS system, I have found myself in this type of situation several times. On one such occasion, I mentioned my predicament to a friend who was planning to go to the same place as myself. I was thrilled when I heard my friend reply, “I know how to get there, just follow me!” This sounded easy enough, but it was a little more complicated than that.
When the time came, I started to follow my friend’s vehicle. Then a traffic signal cut me off, and I had to stay behind as my friend passed through the intersection. She patiently waited for me until the light turned green again, but later several cars moved in front of me so I could no longer see my leader. Once again, my friend pulled over and waited. Then I came to a crossroad and did not know which way to go. However, I soon discovered that my friend, again, was waiting to show me which way to turn. She was a good guide, and eventually, we both reached our destination safely.
As Christians, we are following the Lord. He has invited everyone to a feast in Heaven called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We have His Word as our road map to get there, but we also have the Lord Himself as our personal Guide. The Lord gently calls out to us, “Follow Me,” when we give our lives to Him, and then our journey begins.
Following God may sound simple enough, but we will quickly get lost if we take our eyes off our Guide. Storms will come and obstruct our view of Him, but if we seek God at those times, we will find He is faithfully waiting to show us where to turn next. Even if we make a wrong turn, and temporarily lose our way, when we look for our Guide He will be waiting to lead us back to the right way.
All of us want Heaven to be our final destination, but we have to follow the One who knows the way, just like I had to follow my friend. Let us determine to never lose sight of our Guide, and encourage others to follow Him too. He is the best Guide, and He is willing to show everyone the way.