Follow the Leader

I spent time yesterday visiting a friend in her new home in an area of Northern Virginia I had never been. She offered to lead me back to the expressway (since we had met at church). I was so glad since I don’t have the best sense of direction.

I lost her a couple of times because she made the green light and I didn’t. She was kind enough to pull to the side and wait until I caught up. Shortly afterwards I saw a sign and arrow pointing to a ramp for Washington. I said to myself, good, this is my exit. I can take it. The only thing is my friend was still driving. Soon we were side by side and she was motioning for me to continue following her. But I kept going on the ramp, thinking, but the sign said “Washington.” Soon it was too late for me to switch lanes.

My girlfriend immediately called me on my cellphone and said: “I know you and you’re not going to like what I’m about to tell you. You got on the express toll and it’s going to cost you about $5 and it’s not worth it. I was trying to tell you to follow me.” I said, “When I saw the sign, I thought it was the tollway I was suppose to take.”

This morning the Lord reminded me of this incident. He whispered to me and said, Cheryl, this is your problem. I ask you to follow me exclusively. I am the only one who knows the best route to get you where I want you to go…and you start thinking and relying on your intellect and veer off the path! How arrogant of you to trust your instincts over the one who knows the way. I couldn’t say anything except, “Lord you’re right. I am truly sorry for the times I’ve gone my own way, elevating my knowledge above yours or anybody else who knows the way. I desperately want to obey you at all times. Please forgive me.”

It all became so clear to me. This habit goes back to Adam and Eve when God told them one thing very clearly and they chose to listen to the serpent who said, “If you eat this, you won’t die. Your knowledge will rival God’s.”

Oh, let me mention another element to my driving story. My girlfriend the day before had given me $5 to cover my roundtrip tolls, so I used that money. Reminds me of someone else. God knew Adam and Eve were going to go their own way, and He had already made provisions for “grace” through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, to cover their sins, mine, and yours. He has us covered, but if I had just followed the leader, I would still have my five dollars. But the lesson was priceless.

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2 Responses to “Follow the Leader”

  1. Darlene Holman Says:

    Thank you sis Cheryl, for sharing your life lessons learned. I’m better for it!!

  2. Doris McMillon Says:

    Priceless, is right! We have to stay on guard at all times.

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