Walking in obedience to God’s leading

By Erika Rizkallah

More wisdom from old books for this Saturday night. The short excerpt is from Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary W. Tileston which I found at an estate sale. I just love old books filled with nuggets of truth — especially when they cost fifty cents!

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Daily Strength for Daily Needs

We mustn’t be in a hurry to fix and choose our own lot; we must wait to be guided. We are led on, like the little children, by a way that we know not. It is a vain thought to flee from the work that God appoints us, for the sake of finding a greater blessing to our own souls; as if we could choose for ourselves where we shall find the fulness of the Divine Presence, instead of seeking it where alone it is to be found, in loving obedience. ~ George Eliot

          walking like the little children

I must admit I’m not used to seeing fulness spelled without a double “L” so I looked it up to make sure it was correct. The strength of one of the definitions got my attention.

Fullness: The state of being complete or whole.

I picture Jesus walking toward Golgotha (the site of his crucifixion) and staggering under the weight of his cross. The thought of it – being obedient like that – makes me want to take off. Then I realize Jesus was not only walking to the place of his death, but toward the fullness of the Divine Presence.

If I call myself a disciple I must allow myself to be guided, even when every fiber of my being says flee.

Your Turn: How hard or easy is it for you to wait for God’s leading?