Thanks For Leadin' Me Over

January 16, 1999
by Mary Daniel

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mark 1:17 – And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men. (KJV)

A friend I'd not seen in quite some time was at a meeting the other night. If her husband were to fetch her, she would have to leave early and miss half the meeting, so I offered her a ride home. It was a great opportunity to catch up on each other's goings-on over the past few months.

Upon getting out of the car, she said in her lovely Irish accent: "Thanks for leadin' me over". Not "Thanks for the ride," or "Thanks for bringing me home," but "Thanks for leadin' me over".

I thought it sounded so beautiful, and for some reason it really caught me. Perhaps, because we volunteer with terminally ill people, and it made me think of those whom we help to "lead over". It suggested an element of trust. I thought too, about the leaders in our lives.

I thought about how, as kids, one of our earliest games is "Follow the leader". We trust "the leader" to take us somewhere exciting, interesting, safe. I thought about how we have Sunday School leaders, Scout and Brownie leaders, teachers, coaches, spiritual leaders, community leaders, political leaders, world leaders. And as parents and friends, we too, are leaders. We trust, and are trusted.

Ultimately however, we are invited to follow one leader, Jesus Christ. If we put our trust in Him, it is He who will "lead us over" our bad times. Our good times. Our life.

I thought how He'd like to hear us say "Thanks for leadin' me over" a little more often.

Prayer: We thank you Lord, for your unfaltering guidance, for those times when we are lost and scared, and you lead the way. We are ever thankful that we need only trust in you, and look to you for direction and you will "lead us over". In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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