Weekly Devotion -- May 5

Readings:  Acts 2:42-47, I Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-15

See Everything

We Are Messengers sings a song with this line, “I don't need to see everything, just more of you.” The same day I heard the song I read a devotion with the same message: A young boy and his mother were walking at night in an area that had many snakes. She held the flashlight pointing straight ahead on their path. The boy asked to hold it, and he began nervously shining the flashlight into the surrounding bushes, looking for snakes. His mother took the light back, saying, “We are not looking for snakes. We are looking at the path ahead…If we see something, we stop. It will be afraid of the light and will go off into the dark. When it is safe, we go on. But the light must always shine on the path ahead.” Rev. Howard Chapman, the author, then wrote, “Jesus lights up the path directly in front of us, showing us that it is safe to take the next step. Sometimes we get impatient with that. We stare intently into the underbrush terrified by the danger that might be there, and Jesus keeps trying to say to us, ‘Look here! Your next step is perfectly safe. Come on. Follow Me.’”  The third time I heard the same message was in this week’s reading from John 10: He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. Can the sheep see every step coming up on their path? No. But they eagerly follow their Shepherd and listen to His voice alone. Oddly enough, I am not currently asking the Lord to show me everything about an issue, which I have disobediently done on occasion in the past. Since He is gently giving me the reminder, I assume a situation will soon come that dares me to ask Him to see more. I know His voice, and I need to focus on that, not on imagined snakes that may or may not hide alongside my path. Maybe someone else needs that reminder, too. We can remember that we don’t need to see everything, just more of Jesus, that His light shines directly in front of our path, and that our good Shepherd is with us and leading us. Blessings as we follow, Tracy