Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced a guided tour. The assumption from the very beginning is that the guide knows the way. Why? Because he’s been this way before. He isn’t going to take you somewhere he hasn’t already been. Most people don’t head out on a guided tour in a state of fear and anxiety about whether they will return safely. Most of us have no trouble trusting our guide to lead us through a safe, enjoyable experience. The truth is, though, depending on what kind of tour you take, there may be many potentially dangerous situations that could occur. They don’t occur because the guide knows what they are and he avoids them.
In those situations we actually put a sort of blind trust in a perfect stranger. How do we know for sure that this smiling, cheerful guide is qualified to lead us anywhere at all? Actually, the “blind” aspect is the key. If we were aware of all the potential dangers, would we be as trusting?
I don’t do well with heights. I have an inner ear disorder that causes me to become dizzy on a two-step ladder. Imagine that I am being led across a narrow walkway. If my eyes are closed it wouldn’t matter if it were a walkway through a beautiful garden or a narrow path with thousand feet cliffs on both sides. If I trusted my guide enough to close my eyes, he could lead me anywhere safely.
There are many times in life where it would be foolish to “blindly follow” someone else’s guidance. But with God it’s different. At times, He asks us to follow Him without letting us know where we are going. Without telling us anything about any of the dangers we might encounter. He just says, “Follow me.”
At that point we have two options. We can balk and ask a million questions to try and decide if we should go OR we can take a deep breath, put our hand in His and take the first step knowing that the Creator of the Universe knows the way.
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”” – John 8:12